Kaspersky Lab enhances its protection for virtual machines with cloud technologies and safeguards against network attacks

22 Apr 2013
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Kaspersky Security for Virtualization 2.0, optimized for VMware environments, protects virtual machines against new threats and network intrusion attempts

Kaspersky Lab presents Kaspersky Security for Virtualization 2.0, the latest version of its security solution for virtual machines using the VMware platform. Integration with new features in VMware vCloud Networking and Security means the new solution now offers additional functionality to detect and protect against network intrusions.

The product’s anti-malware protection has also been significantly enhanced thanks to real-time threat information provided by the Kaspersky Security Network. Kaspersky Security for Virtualization 2.0 also continues to deliver the best balance of malware protection and network performance using agent-less protection designed specifically for virtual machines. All network traffic scanning is off-loaded to a single virtual appliance, ensuring organizations reap the maximum resource efficiency from their virtual environment.

Computer Threat Insight

Virtualization tools are currently in growing demand with small, medium-sized and large businesses. Unfortunately, at the same time, companies often forget that virtual machines require the same level of protection as standard workstations.

In some cases, companies try to solve this problem using security software designed for physical servers and workstations. It’s quite common for dozens of virtual machines to run simultaneously on the same physical server, and installing protection solutions on each of them individually can generate excessive strain on that server. This problem is especially acute when routine operations are involved, such as updating signature databases.

Instead of applying physical protection methods to virtual machines, an agent-less security solution eliminates the need for duplicated resources on each virtual machine, helping to optimize performance, reduce hardware costs and energy consumption, and provide detailed logging of security tasks to satisfy compliance auditing requirements.

“Businesses today are gradually coming to the understanding that virtual servers need to be reliably protected, just like physical servers,” said Nikolay Grebennikov, Chief Technology Officer, Kaspersky Lab. “Kaspersky Lab, in turn, carefully follows market demand and develops solutions to meet those needs. We can say with confidence that the updated Kaspersky Security for Virtualization 2.0 fully complies with current demand to protect virtual machines from real threats. Offering single-console administration of physical and virtual systems makes it easy to work in conjunction with Kaspersky Lab’s other corporate solutions, ensuring integral protection for the entire IT infrastructure.”

It is also important to note that Kaspersky Security for Virtualization 2.0 is the first solution that provides integration with the VMware vCloud Ecosystem Framework component of VMware vCloud Networking and Security, which is widely used in modern corporate IT infrastructure.

Product Highlights

Kaspersky Security for Virtualization 2.0 has several features that make the protection of virtual machines efficient.

For example Network protection. It is a tool forscanning incoming, outgoing and internal traffic to detect network intrusion attempts is a necessity for both physical and virtual networks. The updated Kaspersky Security for Virtualization 2.0 includes an intrusion protection system (IDS/IPS), thus providing virtual network security. This is possible due to integration with VMware vCloud Networking and Security. Kaspersky Lab is the first vendor who integrated that technology in its product.

Protection from malware using Kaspersky Security Network is another useful feature available in Kaspersky Security for Virtualization 2.0. Malware presents one of the most prevalent threats for both physical and virtual systems. Kaspersky Security for Virtualization 2.0 protects the file system of virtual machines against malware in real time thanks to the Kaspersky Security Network, which delivers information about emerging threats, allowing relevant protection measures to be implemented immediately.

The Shared Cache feature improves the performance of protection.Workstations on virtual machines can contain a number of identical objects, e.g., system files. Scanning these files on each virtual machine creates additional server loads. The new Shared Cache feature helps to avoid this. As soon as Kaspersky Security for Virtualization 2.0 has scanned a file on one virtual machine and identified it as clean, this verdict will be saved in the application’s cache. If, in the future, the Kaspersky Lab solution detects similar files on other virtual machines, it will not have to waste time on scanning and will use the provided verdict.

Per core’ licensing model helps to define the right number of software licenses needed to protect the company virtual infrastructure. It is often difficult for owners of data centers and infrastructure services to estimate the number of active virtual servers and workstations. Therefore, problems can arise when calculating the number of protection software licenses needed for virtual machines. The new ‘per core’ licensing model solves this problem: companies can purchase a license for the processor core which controls virtual machines, allowing any number of machines to be covered.

The lack of centralized management tools can become a problem when it comes to managing multicomponent corporate IT infrastructure. TheKaspersky Security Center feature provides a single administration console from where IT specialists can monitor the status of all protected workstations in the company, both physical and virtual. This is especially convenient when other network nodes are also protected by Kaspersky Lab products and technologies. Centralized management considerably facilitates the protection of virtual machines and helps ensure the company’s established security policies are applied.

Pricing, availability and upgrade options

Kaspersky Security for Virtualization 2.0 is already available through Kaspersky Lab partners. It can be purchased as a standalone solution for VMware environments, or can be integrated within a full suite of endpoint protection technologies from Kaspersky Lab. Contact your local Kaspersky Lab office to confirm product availability dates and prices for your region.

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