Kaspersky Lab has announced the release of a new security solution to help businesses better manage virtual environments.
The obligatory study to go hand-in-hand with the launch said that for UK companies, 81 per cent of services launched in virtual environments were mission critical, yet 41 per cent of the IT staff involved said their knowledge of virtual IT was only "basic" or just about good enough.
18% of UK firms had simply patched virtual IT security on to their existing physical IT security policy. Although 45 per cent had a separate security policy dedicated to virtual IT, it has the downside of increasing management complexity.
Hence Kaspersky has released its new product, Kaspersky Security for Virtualization, to lock down virtual IT securely without complicating matters. The new solution integrates with Kaspersky Lab's existing corporate security suite, and can be managed from Kaspersky Security Centre 9, for a single, unified solution for virtual, physical and mobile security.
Security for Virtualization integrates fully with VMware vShield Endpoint Security, and automatically detects, scans, updates and protects every virtual machine on the network (new additions being automatically protected).
Peter Beardmore, Senior Director of Products and Services from Kaspersky Lab, commented: "Virtualization is a vitally important and transformational technology that offers many business benefits, including enhanced IT efficiency. However it requires customers to think differently about how to secure IT from potential cybercrime and malicious attacks."
"Kaspersky Lab, in partnership with VMware, offers customers a holistic protection suite that can be managed centrally, whatever the environment and without the drain on performance that many traditional anti-malware solutions bring with them. You retain all the business benefits that you have targeted with virtualizing IT, but without the security risk."