ESET Unveils 2015 Edition of Flagship Products in Asia Pacific

New features such as Botnet Protection and Enhanced Exploit Blocker enhances cyber protection

SINGAPORE, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ESET®, the global leader in proactive digital protection, today announced the latest versions of its flagship security software products to be made available to its customers in the APAC region: ESET NOD32® Antivirus 8 and ESET Smart Security® 8. The latest line-up includes Botnet Protection and Enhanced Exploit Blocker that protects against exploits, with anti-phishing and social media scanning capabilities.

"These new features provide users of ESET NOD32® Antivirus 8 and ESET Smart Security® 8 enhanced level of security, whether they are checking email, surfing the web or checking their bank balance online," said Ignacio Sbampato, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at ESET. "Combined with our award-winning anti-malware protection, we are confident these added features will bring tremendous value to our customers."

Parvinder Walia, Sales Director for APAC at ESET, added, "The threat landscape in APAC continues to evolve, as cybercriminals become more advanced in their methods of attack. The 2015 edition is designed with new add-ons as well as proven features such as Anti-Theft and Personal Firewall, to ensure our customers can benefit from the advantages of being in a highly digital society but with highly secured data privacy. Existing users of these products can also enjoy a free upgrade to Version 8."

According to Cisco Annual Security Report 2014 and 2014 Midyear Security Report, Java exploits accounted for 91 per cent of all indicators of compromise (IOC) in November 2013, rising to 93 per cent as of May 2014 followed by Adobe Reader, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word with a 3 per cent share.

These indicators of compromise usually reveal an out-of-the-ordinary behavior of a particular piece of data or software. This behavior manifests itself in that it tries to take over or "exploit" the software’s inherent vulnerabilities, glitches or bugs — with an aim to take control of a computer system. Both ESET NOD32® Antivirus 8 and ESET Smart Security® 8 protect computer users against these exploits with Enhanced Exploit Blocker.

ESET Smart Security® 8 also introduces a new Botnet Protection feature which protects a user’s computer from being taken over by a remote attacker and used as part of a network of infected computers for malicious purposes. A 2014 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report shows botnet activity was the largest single category of crimeware reported accounting for 86 per cent.

2013 saw a number of high profile botnet attacks. The technology inside ESET Smart Security® 8 uncovers irregular network communications patterns characteristic of Botnets. One such discovery was Operation Windigo carried out by ESET Research Labs this past spring. It uncovered over 25,000 infected servers, used for over two years to redirect half a million web visitors to malicious content on a daily basis. In all, the botnet allowed the attackers to send more than 35,000,000 spam messages per day.

ESET Smart Security® 8 also includes proven features such as Anti-theft, Parental Control and Personal Firewall.

The technology inside ESET products holds the record for the most consecutive VB100 awards of any vendor.

For more information on ESET NOD32® Antivirus 8 please visit: http://www.eset.com/int/home/products/antivirus.

For more information on ESET Smart Security® 8 please visit: http://www.eset.com/int/home/products/smart-security/.

About ESET

ESET®, the pioneer of proactive protection and the maker of the award-winning ESET NOD32® technology, is a global provider of security solutions for businesses and consumers. For over 26 years, the Company continues to lead the industry in proactive threat detection. By obtaining the 80th VB100 award in June 2013, ESET NOD32 technology holds the record number of Virus Bulletin "VB100" Awards, and has never missed a single "In-the-Wild" worm or virus since the inception of testing in 1998. In addition, ESET NOD32 technology holds the longest consecutive string of the VB100 awards of any AV vendor. ESET has also received a number of accolades from AV-Comparatives, AV-TEST and other testing organisations and reviews. ESET NOD32® Antivirus, ESET Smart Security®, ESET Cyber Security® (solution for Mac), ESET® Mobile Security and IT Security for Business are trusted by millions of global users and are among the most recommended security solutions in the world.

ESET recently updated its two-factor authentication (2FA) application, adding a secure validation to weak and static user passwords.

This updated version of ESET’s 2FA application provides flexibility and deeper integration of 2FA into bespoke applications, making it the best cost-effective solutions for SMBs everywhere.

The Company has global headquarters in Bratislava (Slovakia), with regional distribution centers in San Diego (U.S.), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Singapore; with offices in Jena (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic) and Sao Paulo (Brazil). ESET has malware research centers in Bratislava, San Diego, Buenos Aires, Singapore, Prague, Kosice (Slovakia), Krakow (Poland), Montreal (Canada), Moscow (Russia) and an extensive partner network for more than 180 countries. More information is available from the ESET Press Center.

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