Two years ago competitors saw Kaspersky as "noise," Reynolds said. Now Kaspersky is not only a contender, it is a contender that believes the SaaS security market is "ripe for a leader and we intend to take control."
Is bad news for Apple users good news for anti-virus vendors willing to slam Apple while securing Macs?
Even if a big Apple security scandal is an irresistible opportunity to gain a little visibility at Apple's expanse, having two top executives from the same company slam Apple publicly, in harsh terms, for poor security is overkill.
Given the one-two from Kaspersky and Grebennikov, it's not surprising some in the press were confused about why Kaspersky was being quite this energetically vocal about Apple's malware problem.
Kaspersky does get credit for identifying the SabPub Trojan, so it's not exactly struggling to find something to accomplish on the Mac to gain some notoriety.
More likely they're both just excited about the masses of potential customers the Mac OS X installed base represents.
Half of all the Macs whose owners checked in to Kaspersky's online Flashback-vulnerability checker turned out to be running older versions of Java that were still vulnerable to the Trojan.
That's a huge percentage for a plugin that should get updates routinely and automatically, without the user even having to know about them.
Kaspersky execs may see gold in the lax attitude most Mac users seem to take to security, an attitude for which Apple has to take much of the blame, after reassuring customers for years that the Mac was far less vulnerable than Windows machines.
Apple didn't mention the ego-deflating reality that Macs were less vulnerable because there were so few of them malware writers didn't bother with Macs.
Now that iPhones and iPads rule the cool-computing universe and even Mac OS X machines are gaining market share, malware writers are interested, Mac users are unprepared, and Kaspersky execs are ready to slam Apple publicly as often and as hard as necessary to let Mac users know there's a security company out there willing to deal not only with their insecurities, but their irritating smugness as well.
Flu micrograph from NIH.gov