Kaspersky Security for Virtualization, Now
Available for Purchase, Protects Virtual Servers and Desktops Using a Single
Woburn, MA –April
27, 2012 – Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure
content and threat management solutions, has announced findings from a recent
study on virtualization performed by O+K Research. Conducted in March 2012 among IT
professionals employed at midsized-to-large organizations that either have virtual
infrastructures in place or have plans to deploy virtual technology, the survey
paints an interesting picture of attitudes towards virtualization security:
First, some usage statistics:
of US companies are currently implementing or have already implemented server virtualization.
plan to implement a virtual desktop infrastructure.
plan data storage virtualization.
No surprises here, as the
benefits of cost savings, efficiency gains, and ease-of-management associated
with virtualization are compelling for most companies. But while the benefits may be clear, the
risks associated with virtualization – both real and perceived –can vary
of US professionals working in IT believe that the security risks in a virtual
environment are lower or significantly lower than those for physical
47% have the more justified perception that virtual security risks are at least
equal to those in a physical environment.
These numbers show a significant
gap in attitudes towards virtualization security. With that in mind, the study found that 53% of virtualized US businesses have no
intention of implementing specialized security technology for their virtual
environments. In fact, a mere 17% of
surveyed companies reported the implementation of agent-less security for
similar results from European companies, it seems the security risks associated
with virtualization are not being fully accounted for on a global level, and as
such, companies are using security
software designed for physical environments to protect their virtual
infrastructure. Using traditional,
agent-based security for virtual environments not only produces security holes,
but can actually undo the productivity and cost-savings benefits that
virtualization is supposed to bring to an organization.
available for purchase, Kaspersky Security for Virtualization is an agentless
anti-malware solution that operates in conjunction with VMware’s VShield
Endpoint to secure virtual environments.
It is installed as a security appliance for each physical host, and
automatically protects all virtual machines without installing on the virtual
machine itself. So what does that mean
to IT professionals?
Efficiency: Kaspersky’s virtual
appliance scans all guests on the host, ensuring optimal performance with no
redundant anti-virus applications competing for resources. This also avoids creating an “AV-Storm” where
security updates are pushed across virtual endpoints simultaneously, creating a
huge load on network bandwidth.
Security: Kaspersky Security for Virtualization
automatically protects virtual machines as soon as they are created eliminating
the “instant-on gap” inherent in agent-based solutions.
Quote: Konstantin Voronkov,
Senior Product Manager of Virtualization Solutions Kaspersky Lab “This survey shows that the perception of
virtual security risks among businesses worldwide is alarmingly unsound. We
believe that virtual infrastructure has to be treated with the utmost attention
in terms of security, and failure to do so could result in significant damage. We also see that most companies are
simultaneously facing security issues in both virtual and physical
environments. That is why Kaspersky Security for Virtualization provides
specialized agent-less security for virtual environments and integrates with
Kaspersky Security Center, the management console designed to handle security
challenges across the entire corporate infrastructure.”
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mobile users, small and medium sized businesses and large
enterprises. Kaspersky technology is also incorporated inside the products
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