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New technology assesses employees' computer skills

Employees often lack experience in working with computers and online services, which may result in an infection of their workstations and thus endanger critical business data. A new technology from Kaspersky Lab makes it possible to assess staff competence, and automatically assigns different security settings to distinguish between advanced users and inexperienced users.
User understanding of IT security issues has a significant impact on protecting staff computers - a user with a higher awareness is less likely to run a malicious attachment or access a dangerous website. Just one employee with limited knowledge can cause serious problems for a company. For example, a survey conducted by B2B International in July 2012 shows that 31% of companies have suffered data leakage caused by members of staff.

Security policy violations

The new technology, developed by Oleg Zaitsev and Stanislav Shevchenko, is based on an automatic assessment of the employee's computer literacy level. The proposed system, for instance, takes into account which applications are used by the user as well as password complexity etc. Security policy violations, such as copying confidential information, using web-mail services are also considered. This data can be used to expand rights for highly experienced users or place additional restrictions on newcomers or employees known to violate security rules.

The Kaspersky Lab technology also warns employees who have violated security policies that the notification may be provided in text, audio or video format. This approach is intended to increase the user's computer literacy and help to prevent repeat violations, whether unintentional or deliberate.

The new patent brings to over 60 the number of patents Kaspersky Lab holds in Russia. The company's entire patent portfolio now includes over 120 patents granted by the relevant authorities in the US, Russia, China and Europe.