CRN, by Andrew Hickey
Kaspersky Lab is looking to break into the managed security services game with the upcoming launch of its Service Provider Edition, which will give its partners the ability to sell anti-virus as a managed services play.
At the 2011 Kaspersky Lab Americas Partner Conference the company hinted at a managed security services play and said it was an evolutionary step in Kaspersky's upcoming product roadmap.
Service Provider Edition will let partners manage anti-virus protection across their customers, enabling them to monitor and control customer security infrastructures, Kaspersky said. It can be offered as subscription service.
And while getting into managed security services is new ground for Kaspersky, the company said itself and its partners are well equipped to handle the shift, and that managed services are something that key partners have been clamoring for as the IT world turns its attention to SaaS and cloud computing.