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October 28, 2008

DISCO to Use Kaspersky Labs Japan Products as Built-in Security Solutions in its Precision Processing Equipment for First Time

DISCO Corporation (Headquarters: Ohta-ku, Tokyo; President: Hitoshi Mizorogi) and Kaspersky Labs Japan, Inc. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Rintaro Kawai), a software manufacturer offering information security solutions, have jointly announced that Kaspersky solutions will be incorporated and used in DISCO dicing saws. This marks the first time that Kaspersky's software solutions will be used in precision processing equipment and semiconductor production systems.

Recently, when precision processing equipment such as dicing saws have been used overseas, the problem of contamination by viruses through USB memory devices has become increasingly serious and the risk of secondary contamination when using host communication and other functions is also on the rise. Until now, security measures for these equipment have been confined, for example, to the establishment of certain rules to be complied with by the user companies when using the equipment, and operators have only been able to counter threats of contamination by exercising up-to-the-moment caution. Boasting a significant market share in its field, DISCO has considered it essential, above and beyond ensuring adequate measures for the environment in which the equipment is operated, to take security measures in the equipment itself. In order to resolve these security problems, DISCO has decided to be the first in the industry to incorporate security software solutions into its equipment.

Regarding what solutions to use, DISCO turned to Kaspersky Labs Japan, whose products have a solid reputation for their detection rates and speed in dealing with new forms of malware, as well as a proven installation track record. DISCO plans to ship its dicing saws with the security software of Kaspersky Lab installed as a standard option, and will allow the saws to be used after the remote activation of the software in accordance with customer requests. Even if a USB device contaminated with malware were connected at a user company, the user's equipment would not be contaminated; and by being informed of the presence of the contamination, the user company would be able to promptly take the appropriate action to deal with the problem in its internal system.

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab delivers the world's most immediate protection against IT security threats, including viruses, spyware, crimeware, hackers, phishing, and spam. Kaspersky Lab products provide superior detection rates and the industry's fastest outbreak response time for home users, SMBs, large enterprises and the mobile computing environment. Kaspersky technology is also used worldwide inside the products and services of the industry's leading IT security solution providers. Learn more at http://www.kaspersky.com/. For the latest on antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and other IT security issues and trends, visit http://www.viruslist.com/.

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