Kaspersky Endpoint Security 12 for Windows

Kaspersky Security Network

25 April 2024

ID 177936

To protect your computer more effectively, Kaspersky Endpoint Security uses data that is received from users around the globe. Kaspersky Security Network is designed for obtaining this data.

Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) is an infrastructure of cloud services providing access to the online Kaspersky Knowledge Base that contains information about the reputation of files, web resources, and software. The use of data from Kaspersky Security Network ensures faster responses by Kaspersky Endpoint Security to new threats, improves the performance of some protection components, and reduces the likelihood of false positives. If you are participating in Kaspersky Security Network, KSN services provide Kaspersky Endpoint Security with information about the category and reputation of scanned files, as well as information about the reputation of scanned web addresses.

Use of Kaspersky Security Network is voluntary. The application prompts you to use KSN during initial configuration of the application. Users can begin or discontinue participation in KSN at any time.

For more detailed information about sending Kaspersky statistical information that is generated during participation in KSN, and about the storage and destruction of such information, please refer to the Kaspersky Security Network Statement and the Kaspersky website. The ksn_<language ID>.txt file with the text of the Kaspersky Security Network Statement is included in the application distribution kit.

The infrastructure of Kaspersky reputation databases

Kaspersky Endpoint Security supports the following infrastructure solutions for working with Kaspersky reputation databases:

  • Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) is the solution that is used by most Kaspersky applications. KSN participants receive information from Kaspersky and send Kaspersky information about objects detected on the user's computer to be analyzed additionally by Kaspersky analysts and to be included in the reputation and statistical databases.
  • Kaspersky Private Security Network (KPSN) is a solution that enables users of computers hosting Kaspersky Endpoint Security or other Kaspersky applications to obtain access to Kaspersky reputation databases, and to other statistical data without sending data to Kaspersky from their own computers. KPSN is designed for corporate customers who are unable to participate in Kaspersky Security Network for any of the following reasons:
    • Local workstations are not connected to the Internet.
    • Transmission of any data outside the country or outside the corporate LAN is prohibited by law or restricted by corporate security policies.

By default, Kaspersky Security Center uses KSN. You can configure the use of KPSN in the Administration Console (MMC), in the Kaspersky Security Center Web Console, and in the command line. It is not possible to configure the use of KPSN in the Kaspersky Security Center Cloud Console.

For more details about KPSN, please refer to the documentation on Kaspersky Private Security Network.

In this section

Enabling and disabling the usage of Kaspersky Security Network

Limitations of Kaspersky Private Security Network

Enabling and disabling cloud mode for protection components

KSN Proxy settings

Checking the reputation of a file in Kaspersky Security Network

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