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Kaspersky Lab Presents Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Linux

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Kaspersky Lab announces the release of Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Linux. The new version combines all the functionality of the previous versions of Kaspersky Anti-Virus 5.7 for Linux and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 5.5 for Samba.

 

Administration of Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Linux is provided via an intuitive graphical interface that is fully compatible with popular desktop environments Gnome and KDE. The program’s parameters can also be configured from the command line. The application is part of the corporate solutions product line and can be integrated into the corporate security environment. Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Linux is compatible with all the main Linux distributions and both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms are supported. 

Key features

Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Linux provides reliable protection for Linux workstations due to the following innovations:

  • The application includes Kaspersky Anti-Virus Engine 8.0 - an updated version of Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus engine.  It also features an heuristic analyzer and support for disinfecting files stored in archives.
  • Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Linux effectively neutralizes threats which target Linux, as well as those targeting Windows and Mac OS X. This provides additional protection for corporate environments which include workstations based on different platforms.
  • The application integrates Kaspersky Administration Kit 8.0, a centralized administration utility which supports remote administration, reporting and enforcement of global security policies.

Linux-targeted threats

Cybercrime outlook 2020 from Kaspersky Lab

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The cybercriminals’ main activity is focused on Windows as it remains the primary platform on the PC market. This does not mean Linux is invulnerable: the popularity of this operating system is growing which will inevitably lead to an increase in the number of threats. According to Kaspersky Lab’s cybercrime outlook, Windows will maintain its leading positions in the near future; however the expansion of alternative operating systems will prompt the appearance of new types of malware. Gartner says that in 2010, Oracle and Red Hat, the vendors of Linux-based solutions, became the most rapidly developing companies in the OS market.

 

The use of different operating systems in the corporate environment brings to the fore the issues of centralized administration and the implementation of global security policies. That makes it important to have an integrated tool to provide control over all workstations regardless of the type of OS used. Besides, even the less frequently attacked Linux-based computer can become an involuntary “accomplice” in malware distribution if a virus on an unprotected Windows-based machine uses the corporate network resource as a means for its own expansion.

Features

Detailed information about  Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Linux

 

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  • Updated Kaspersky Anti-Virus Engine 8.0 

 Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Linux includes the Kaspersky Anti-Virus Engine 8.0 – an updated version of Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus engine. The application also features an heuristic analyzer and support for disinfecting files stored in archives.  The product also supports on-demand scanning of the system’s specific areas. Both local files and network resource data are accessible for scanning (SMB/CIFS and NFS protocols are supported). Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Linux effectively neutralizes threats which target Linux, as well as those targeting Windows and Mac OS X. This allows the threat of infecting other computers on the same local network to be eliminated.

 

  • Centralized implementation and administration

The new version of Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus solution for Linux supports Kaspersky Administration Kit, a centralized administration utility which allows the deployment of corporate administration systems and enforcement of global security policies for all PCs, laptops and even mobile devices, regardless of the type of operating system used. Kaspersky Administration Kit supports remote installation, activation and removal of Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Linux, the gathering and processing of statistics and the configuration of security policies. Additionally, the system notifies the administrator of any detected threats and provides the necessary tools to resolve such issues.

 

  • Performance and flexibility  

 

While developing Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Linux much attention was paid to its performance. The solution requires a minimum of resources to operate and allows resources to be transferred to other applications if necessary. Administration of Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Linux is via an intuitive graphical interface that is fully compatible with popular desktop environments such as Gnome and KDE. The program’s parameters can also be configured from the command line.

 

  • Support for Linux-based corporate distributions 

Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Linux is compatible with the main Linux distributions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, CentOS, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu, Mandriva etc. Both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms are supported.

 

Quote:

Dmitry Aleshin, Deputy Chief Product Officer, Kaspersky Lab

 “Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Linux extends the opportunities of the company’s product line and allows our clients to deploy the integrated security system to protect the company’s IT infrastructure regardless of the operating systems used on its endpoints. The new version of the product provides reliable protection of Linux-based workstations and supports the tools used for configuring, control and implementation of the centralized security policies”.

Pricing and availability

Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Linux is part of Kaspersky Open Space Security, a corporate IT security platform developed by Kaspersky Lab. Please contact Kaspersky Lab representative to refine the product’s availability and its price.