Kaspersky Lab enhances virtual machine protection

Kaspersky Security for Virtualization 2.0 optimised for VMware environments

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Kaspersky Lab enhances virtual machine protection The new solution now offers additional functionality to detect and protect against network intrusions in a virtual environment.
By  Stephen McBride Published  May 13, 2013

Kaspersky Lab this week announced the availability of Kaspersky Security for Virtualization 2.0, the latest version of its security solution for virtual machines using the VMware platform.

Integration with new features in VMware's vCloud Networking and Security means the new solution now offers additional functionality to detect and protect against network intrusions.

The product's anti-malware protection has also been upgraded using real-time threat information from the Kaspersky Security Network.

"Kaspersky Security for Virtualization 2.0 continues to deliver the best balance of malware protection and network performance using agent-less protection designed specifically for virtual machines," Kaspersky Lab said in an emailed statement.

"All network traffic scanning is off-loaded to a single virtual appliance, ensuring organisations reap the maximum resource efficiency from their virtual environment."

Virtualisation tools are currently in growing demand with small, medium-sized and large businesses. But Kaspersky Lab suggests companies often forget that virtual machines are vulnerable to cyber threats and need the same level of protection as standard workstations.

According to Kaspersky Lab, in some cases companies try to solve the problem using security software designed for physical servers and workstations.

"It is quite common for dozens of virtual machines to run simultaneously on the same physical server, and installing protection solutions on each of them individually can generate excessive strain on that server," explained Kaspersky Lab.

"This problem is especially acute when routine operations are involved, such as updating signature databases.

Instead of applying physical protection methods to virtual machines, Kaspersky Lab argues that an agent-less security solution eliminates the need for duplicated resources on each virtual machine, helping to optimise performance, reduce hardware costs and energy consumption, and provide detailed logging of security tasks to satisfy compliance auditing requirements.

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