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Kaspersky calls for wider use of hybrid cybersec

Hybrids said to provide best protection, but only 21% of companies use them

Kaspersky calls for wider use of hybrid cybersec
Kaspersky Lab believes hybrid cyber security solutions are the way forward.

Security specialist Kaspersky Lab this week called on cyber security departments worldwide to adopt hybrid security systems.

"Cloud technologies are an important element of modern security solutions," Kaspersky Lab argued, "but cannot protect computers without the support of local security tools.

"So the best way is to use hybrid solutions that incorporate local anti-malware technologies and simultaneously interact with a cloud service."

Such solutions can be based on varying architecture, but typically involve a localised activity log that compiles information about network activity and cyber incursions. This information is shared with a large cloud-based repository, allowing pattern matching between network activity and potential threat.

However, hybrid solutions are chosen by just 21% of companies, according to a study conducted by Kaspersky Lab in collaboration with B2B International's researchers at the end of 2012.

Today, the amount of malware is increasing exponentially. Kaspersky claims 140 new threats appear every minute. It is already impossible to overcome them simply by using the traditional signature search method - new threats are emerging too fast for even regular updates to stay one step ahead. That is why security solution developers are working on combining proactive and cloud technologies. The former help detect unknown threats: the latter deliver protection from new threats as fast as possible.

There are further security solutions based only on cloud technologies, but Kaspersky Lab insists these cannot provide reliable protection against complex threats, including zero-days and such solutions cannot work efficiently without a stable Internet connection.

Despite the low uptake of hybrid solutions, Kaspersky Lab found them to be most popular in large enterprises. Some 29% surveyed corporations of this size use hybrid security. But the majority of respondents (51%) said they prefer local solutions with no cloud assistance, and another 20% choose cloud security tools.

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