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ESET, spol. s r.o.
TypePrivate Limited Company
IndustrySecurity software
Founded1992
Founder(s)Rudolf Hrubý
Peter Paško
Miroslav Trnka
HeadquartersBratislava, Slovakia
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleAndrew Lee, Pavol Luka, Juraj Malcho, Richard Marko (CEO), Milan Masaryk, Ignacio Sbampato (alphabetical)
Products
EmployeesIncrease 800[2]
WebsiteESET.com
 
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ESET, spol. s r.o.
TypePrivate Limited Company
IndustrySecurity software
Founded1992
Founder(s)Rudolf Hrubý
Peter Paško
Miroslav Trnka
HeadquartersBratislava, Slovakia
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleAndrew Lee, Pavol Luka, Juraj Malcho, Richard Marko (CEO), Milan Masaryk, Ignacio Sbampato (alphabetical)
Products
EmployeesIncrease 800[2]
WebsiteESET.com

ESET is an IT security company headquartered in Bratislava, Slovakia that was founded in 1992 by the merger of two private companies.[3] The company was awarded as the most successful Slovak company in 2008, 2009 and 2010.[4][5] ESET is privately held and has branch offices in San Diego,United States; Montreal, Canada;[6] Buenos Aires, Argentina; São Paulo, Brazil; Prague, Czech Republic; Kraków, Poland; and Singapore[7] as well as distributors in over 180 countries.

ESET competes in the antivirus industry against Avira, BullGuard, F-Secure, Frisk, Kaspersky, McAfee, Panda Security, Sophos, Symantec, and Trend Micro among others.

History[edit]

In December 2010, the company announced the appointment of Richard Marko as Global CEO, Milan Masaryk as CFO, Pavol Luka as CTO, Juraj Malcho as Chief Research Officer, Ignacio Sbampato as director of global sales and marketing, and Andrew Lee as the CEO of its North American branch. ESET's founders remain on as the company's board.[8]

Products[edit]

ESET headquarters in Bratislava

ESET's first product was NOD, an antivirus software for computers running MS-DOS. In 1998, ESET introduced NOD32 1.0 for Microsoft Windows, with version 2.0 following in 2003. The last release of the 2.x codebase was 2.70.39, which released in November 2006 and was discontinued in May 2012.[9]

In November 2007, ESET released v3.0 of ESET NOD32 Antivirus and ESET Smart Security v3.0, the latter being a new product combining ESET NOD32 Antivirus with antispam and firewall functions. In March 2009, ESET released v4.0 of ESET NOD32 Antivirus and ESET Smart Security. In March 2010, ESET released v4.2 of ESET NOD32 Antivirus and ESET Smart Security.[10][11]

Porsche 911 GT3 R with ESET advertising

In September 2010, ESET released ESET NOD32 Antivirus for Mac OS X Business Edition[12] and in November 2010, a home version called ESET Cybersecurity for Mac OS X.[13]

ESET NOD32 Antivirus and ESET Smart Security 4.2 both support Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Server 2003 R2, Vista, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7; additionally, ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.2 supports Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6a.[14] Support for 64-bit (x86-64, not IA-64) versions of these operating systems is provided, although the program runs both 32-bit and 64-bit processes.[15] Users of older versions of Microsoft Windows, such as Windows 95, 98, Me and NT 4.0, will need to install the older 2.70.39 release. In addition to Microsoft Windows, the company also supports the following operating systems: BSD, Linux, Mac OS X, Novell NetWare and Sun Solaris.

In May 2011, ESET began publicly beta testing ESET NOD32 Antivirus and ESET Smart Security version 5, which has been released as a free upgrade to all current ESET NOD32 and Smart Business 4.x license holders as well a free trial for first-time clients. Improvements in ESET NOD32 and Smart Security 5 include an Enhanced Media Control that automatically scans all USB, external and CD/DVD drives for any threats and blocks removable media based on type and manufacturer of the media. Users can customize the behavior of the software by specifying rules for current running processes, programs, registry and tweak the security posture of the software. Gamer Mode being introduced into the software conserves system resources and activities for gaming and other full-screen programs by halting all pop-up windows that require user intervention. The new ESET Live Grid is a new cloud powered real-time protection scanner that protects against online based internet threats and online social-media exploits. Parents now have control over the computer with ESET Parental Control feature that blocks potentially offensive and dangerous web content by specifying rules and selecting various predefined categories.[16]

ESET also has ESET Mobile Security for Windows Mobile users, Symbian OS and Android. In addition to malware protection, it provides anti-spam filtering for SMS messages, a firewall and anti-theft features, like SIM locking and remote wipe.[17]

In April 2009, ESET offered its antivirus engine in the form of SDK, which was implemented by CYAN Networks Software GmbH in its Secure Web Gateway product line.

Technology[edit]

ESET's use of assembly language in its products contributes to their low system requirements and disk space utilization.[18][19]

ESET calls its scanning engine ThreatSense, and makes extensive use of generic signatures and heuristics.[20] This should not be confused with ThreatSense.Net, which is ESET's system for submitting suspicious files and malware to their virus researchers.[21]

ESET's products are regularly tested by organizations such as AV-Comparatives, AV-TEST and Virus Bulletin. ESET is the first company to receive seventy eight (78) VB100 awards from Virus Bulletin and has not missed a single threat in Virus Bulletin's tests since 1998.[22] ESET's products are regularly certified by ICSA Labs and West Coast Labs.

Technology Partnerships[edit]

ESET has several technological partnerships which includes companies like Comdom, Cyan Networks, FireID, Mailshell, Microsoft, Mimecast, Opswat and others.

Timeline[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "ESET :: Download :: For Home". Eset.com. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  2. ^ "About ESET :: Company Profile :: History". Eset.com. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  3. ^ "About ESET: Company Profile: History". ESET. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  4. ^ "Firma roka je Eset a najúspešnejšia banka VÚB" (in Slovak). SME. 2009-11-10. Retrieved 28 April 2010.  "Eset je len treťou spoločnosťou, ktorá dokázala titul Firma roka obhájiť."
  5. ^ Doktor, Vladislav (2009-11-11). "Eset je opäť firmou roka" (in Slovak). Hospodárske noviny. Retrieved 28 April 2010.  "Firmou roka v dvanástom ročníku udeľovania cien za mimoriadne podnikateľské výsledky týždenníka Trend sa včera stala softvérová spoločnosť Eset, ktorá obhájila vlaňajší primát."
  6. ^ "ESET is opening R&D Center in Canada at Polytechnique Montréal". École Polytechnique de Montréal. 2012-04-17. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  7. ^ "ESET opens Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore". Version-2 Limited. 27 August 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Novým generálnym riaditeľom spoločnosti ESET bude Richard Marko" (in Slovak). ESET. 2010-12-29. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  9. ^ End of Life announcement for NOD32 version 2.7 server products.
  10. ^ ESET Releases Service Build 4.2 for ESET Smart Security and ESET NOD32 Antivirus
  11. ^ ESET launches ESET Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange Server and ESET Smart Security 4.2
  12. ^ "ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4 Business Edition for Mac OS X released". Eset.com. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  13. ^ "ESET Cybersecurity for Mac v4.0.58 has been released". Eset.com. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  14. ^ ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.2 - System Requirements
  15. ^ "ESET Knowledgebase Article #401, Is ESET NOD32 Antivirus a native 64-bit application?". Training.eset.com. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  16. ^ "ESET Smart Security :: Internet Firewall, Antivirus, Antispam, Parental Control". Eset.com. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  17. ^ "ESET Mobile Security". Eset.com. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  18. ^ "Assembly language usage in NOD32". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. 
  19. ^ "ESET Knowledgebase Article #358, ESET NOD32 Antivirus System Requirements". Training.eset.com. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  20. ^ Zero-Day Attack - Heuristics and Signatures software from ESET[dead link]
  21. ^ ThreatSense.Net Global malware monitoring system
  22. ^ "Virus Bulletin VB100 Results Overview: ESET". Virus Bulletin. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  23. ^ "About ESET :: Company Profile :: History". Eset.com. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  24. ^ "About ESET :: Company Profile :: History". Eset.com. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  25. ^ "ESET Opens Research & Development Center in Canada at Montreal’s École Polytechnique Campus". Polytechnique Montreal. 2012-04-17. 
  26. ^ "ESET Secure Authentication: New Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) System Protects Passwords and Prevents Data Breaches". Yahoo!. 2013-02-21. 

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