Reliable Novell NetWare Server Defense with the Help of Kaspersky® Anti-Virus

06 Sep 2001
Business News

Today, the server is the heart of every modern corporate network. All of a company's important information is stored here, and the effective operation of the company depends on this information's security. In addition to this, the mass spreading of viruses on local networks begins mostly from the server. It's obvious that because of this fact, the server is the main target of professional hackers using available means for penetration, including malicious programs.

One of today's most widely used server platforms is the NetWare operating system developed by Novell. An administrator is faced with the difficult task of providing an adequate defense for stored data against the threat of malicious code. Given the fact that there are numerous anti-virus products on the market, a buyer is challenged to make a final decision about which one to purchase.

What are the definitive criteria for making the best choice of which anti-virus system to buy for corporate network defense? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not that simple: each organization has its own operating specifics and unique computer infrastructure. In spite of this, it is possible to choose several important features for an anti-virus product, allowing users to provide the most reliable and effective defense against viruses for the NetWare server.

First of all, reliability: The most important task of any anti-virus program is to battle computer viruses. Without a high level of malicious program detection, all other aspects of an anti-virus are meaningless. As a guide for conducting a comparative anti-virus test, one can consult the latest results as published in the September issue of the British magazine, Virus Bulletin.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus for NetWare was successful 100% of the time in virus detection both in on-demand (scanner) and on-access (resident monitor) modes. In this way, Kaspersky Lab once again confirmed its leading position amongst the most reliable anti-viruses in the world.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus for NetWare includes all of the necessary means for battling viruses: an anti-virus scanner for checking data-storage areas, which can be activated upon user demand and automatically as scheduled by a user; and an anti-virus monitor for checking all file operations (opening, creating, and copying) in real time. The combined use of these means provides reliable control over all sources of virus penetration, giving a user maximum protection.

Second of all, integration and stability: An anti-virus should not interfere with the regular functioning of a network, causing a decline in its productivity or the need to significantly reconfigure the hardware and software. Compared to our competitors, Kaspersky Anti-Virus for NetWare has a number of advantages - program installation can be conducted on a server, as one goes, not requiring halting and rebooting. Changing the anti-virus configuration and installing the daily anti-virus database updates and new program module versions do not affect the server's operating ability. Kaspersky Anti-Virus for NetWare is powered by a multithreaded scanning feature, allowing for the simultaneous anti-virus scanning, in real time, of any amount of files, which is limited only by the server hardware capabilities. The multithreading also increases the overall network computing productivity by the parallel processing of enquiries originating at the same time from several workstations.

Thirdly, manageability: A system administrator must be able to efficiently access the NetWare server from any point on the corporate network. This is important not only from the standpoint of being able to quickly respond to a virus attack, but also is a powerful network anti-virus defense administering instrument that increases the personnel's working effectiveness. This necessity takes on a special meaning in regards to a large network with tens or even hundreds of NetWare servers distributed in different places throughout the world.

As a solution to these problems, Kaspersky Lab offers a unique network administering system built into Kaspersky Anti-Virus for NetWare. The system is fully integrated into the Novell Directory Service (NDS), allowing for fast and effective server defense administered directly from an administrator's console with the aid of NetWare Administrator or ConsoleOne. The administering processes include Kaspersky Anti-Virus centralized installation on an unlimited number of NetWare servers, program reconfiguration, scheduling the operating of the program's components, setting the notifications distribution about the detection and treatment of infected objects, and many other features. The solution package allows a buyer to noticeably increase personnel productivity and network-communication flexibility and transparency, and also avoids the extra expense of obtaining similar administrating tools from other software vendors.

Next, an anti-virus should be accompanied by qualified technical support: Everyday, up to fifty new viruses make their appearance, increasing the possibility of a successful virus attack if an anti-virus developer doesn't provide its users with adequate service responding immediately to the appearance of new threats to computer security. Kaspersky Lab provides its users with round-the-clock technical support via telephone and e-mail. The company's best specialists are available at any time of the day to help even when an unusual situation arises. It is important to note that this service is available to Kaspersky Lab' users free of charge, unlike our competitors. Moreover, Kaspersky Lab provides daily anti-virus database updates free of charge, and guarantees the development of emergency-treatment modules. Finally, an anti-virus should be simple and easy to use at all working stages, to which the installation and use of Kaspersky Anti-Virus for NetWare absolutely conforms. The program has a friendly graphical user interface and set-up instructions providing high working flexibility. All operations are on a step-by-step basis, with the start-up of the most important program functions (scanning, updating, configuring) organized according to striking just one key or being fully automatic.

You can get more detailed information about Kaspersky® Anti-Virus for NetWare by visiting Kaspersky Lab Web site here.