Kaspersky Lab unveils virtualization security solution

Kaspersky Lab announced Kaspersky Security for Virtualization, focused on protecting evolving corporate IT infrastructures from malware and cybercriminals.

The solution integrates with VMware vShield Endpoint Security, providing protection for virtual data centers, virtualized servers and desktops. It automatically detects every virtual machine on the network, delivering files to the Kaspersky Lab client for real-time anti-malware scans.

This integration with VMware vCenter means straightforward deployment, automatic protection of new virtual machines, mapping of both logical and physical computing structures, and automatic security updates, all managed by “a single pane of glass,” the Kaspersky Security Center administration console, and delivering consolidation ratios for customers.

Businesses have a mix of virtual, mobile and physical endpoints, but IT administrators don’t want to manage multiple security programs from multiple consoles. Kaspersky Security for Virtualization doesn’t force customers to create silos responsible for securing each platform. Instead, it feeds data directly to the Kaspersky Security Center.

Agent-based security applications are also “virtualization-aware,” letting customers decide for themselves what method for securing each virtual machine best meets their security needs. IT administrators can also provide customized security policies to selected virtual machine groups, just as easily as with physical machines.

By having Kaspersky Security for Virtualization deployed on a virtualized host appliance, virtual machines are all protected by the same centralized malware database which is constantly updated as new threats emerge. This model ensures all virtual machines receive the same level of protection, regardless of when the machines were created, or if they have been offline for extended periods of time.

There are no “Instant-On” gaps for virtual machines that haven’t been used for extended periods of time and no “AV Storms” that hog network resources while updating virtual machines.

Kaspersky Security for Virtualization, combined with VMware vShield Endpoint, is compatible with vSphere 5.0; VMware hypervisor ESX/ESX 4.1 and 5.0; vCenter Server 5.0; vShield App 1.0; vShield Edge 1.0 and VMware View 4.5. Kaspersky Security for Virtualization provides agent-less protection for virtual machines running on most Windows operation systems, including Widows 7; Windows Vista; Windows XP; Windows Server 2008; Windows Server 2008 R2; and Windows Server 2003.

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