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Kaspersky Lab “Using leak tests to evaluate firewall effectiveness”

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, has released a new analytical article on using leak tests to evaluate firewall effectiveness. The author is Nikolay Grebennikov, deputy director of the Department of Innovative Technologies.

The article describes the role played by firewalls in integrated information security systems. It also examines the principles and methods used in leak tests, one of the most objective types of firewall testing.

According to Nikolay Grebennikov, Due to the increase in the number of malicious programs, the additional security provided by a firewall is increasingly pertinent since firewalls block undesirable network traffic. This additional ‘layer’ of protection can block most types of malicious program that are not detected by the antivirus component of an integrated security system.

The only way of bypassing a firewall is by using leaks, i.e., specific technologies that enable applications to send data to recipients outside the network without the user

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