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Kaspersky Lab Plans Network Security Solution for VMware Environments

Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security and threat management software firm best known for its endpoint anti-virus solutions, on Monday announced that it has plans to develop a software-based solution to secure network traffic as part of the VMware Ready™ for Networking and Security Program.

Kaspersky Teams with VMwareKaspersky Lab says that by teaming with VMware, its forthcoming solution will provide enhanced protection utilizing Intrusion Detection (IDS) and Intrusion Prevention (IPS) technologies that will help customers to continue utilizing their existing investments in networking and security products, while enjoying the efficiency and agility benefits of VMware cloud infrastructure. The announcement was made surrounding the VMworld Conference taking place in San Francisco this week.

In February of this year, the company released Kaspersky Security for Virtualization, a solution delivered as a virtual security appliance that integrates with VMware vShield™ Endpoint and provides agent-less, anti-malware security based upon Kaspersky Lab’s constantly updated scanning engine to address threats as they emerge. 

“The future addition of these new traffic-monitoring technologies will further bolster Kaspersky Lab’s security offerings for VMware virtual and cloud environments,” the company said in a statement. “Customers using Kaspersky Lab will have a unified management platform to administer their virtual, physical and mobile environments.”

The Russian software company, which had revenue topping $612 million in 2011, has traditionally focused on consumer endpoint security solutions, but is making moves to increase its offerings in the business and enterprise space, as well as the data center and mobile/tablet security space.

According to a global survey of businesses conducted by O+K Research in March 2012, 81 percent of US companies run business-critical services in virtual environments.

Kaspersky echoed the widely agreed upon notion that while many businesses rush to virtualize their IT, many don’t fully recognize the security implications.

Of the businesses that responded to the survey:

• 53 percent in the US said they are not securing their virtual infrastructure

• 27 percent believe that the security risks in a virtual environment are lower or significantly lower than those for physical infrastructure

Businesses that plan to secure their virtual environments seem to have a “one-size fits all” attitude, Kaspersky said.

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

“At Kaspersky Lab, we know that every technological innovation is eventually targeted by cybercriminals,” said Petr Merkulov, Chief Product Officer at Kaspersky Lab. “Our mission is to make sure security technology keeps up with the rapid pace of innovation, allowing businesses to make cutting-edge improvements without leaving their IT infrastructure exposed.”

Product availability and pricing has not yet been disclosed.

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