PHOTO - (From left) Jimmy Fong, channel sales director, SEA, Kaspersky Lab; Gun Suk Ling, corporate sales director, APAC, Kaspersky Lab; and Jimmy Low, security consultant, SEA, Kaspersky Lab at the official launch of Kaspersky Security for Virtualisation.
Security solutions provider Kaspersky Lab has opened a regional centre in Malaysia to protect the corporate IT infrastructure of enterprise and SME organisations.
Kaspersky Security for Virtualisation (KSV), based at the SEA Kaspersky Knowledge Centre, has been built by the company's internal team of security experts, said Kaspersky Lab corporate sales director, APAC, Gun Suk Ling. "Though virtualisation creates tremendous business and IT benefits for organisations globally, if left unprotected, such platforms may become a weak link for cyber criminals to exploit."
"There are more than 70,000 new unique malware found in a day, and malware threats on the virtual environment are rapidly increasing from one malware every minute to one malware every second," said Gun. "Cyber criminals have clearly identified the virtualised environment as an easy opportunity to target the B2B [business to business] segment and it is an alarming trend."
"In the Southeast Asian region, Malaysia is among the countries where virtualisation is experiencing positive growth," she said. "This makes Malaysia a market with great potential for KSV."
"Kaspersky conducted focus group surveys in April 2012 covering close to 200 companies from various industries," said Gun. "Findings from the survey revealed the needs and requirements of companies implementing Virtual Environments. More than half of the companies surveyed (54 percent) indicated that going virtualised is critical to them, yet of this number only half of them implemented security in the virtualised environment."
"For those that have not implemented virtual environments, a significant number (30 percent) indicated that they will implement some form of Virtual environment within the next 12 months," said Gun.
Kaspersky Lab channel sales director, SEA, Jimmy Fong, said: "Malaysia was an ideal location for the regional Kaspersky Knowledge Centre as the country is economically and socially stable with sound infrastructure to meet the brand's needs. He remarked that the country's multilingual and multicultural population where English, Malay and Mandarin are widely spoken make for smooth communications across more countries in the region."
Gun said: "Kaspersky Security for Virtualisation is delivered as 'a virtual security appliance that integrates with VMware vShield Endpoint to provide agent-less, anti-malware security based upon Kaspersky Lab's advanced anti-malware engine."
"Developed from the same code-base as Kaspersky Lab's award-winning line of endpoint security products, Kaspersky Security for Virtualisation avoids the needless complexity and resource-drain associated with security programmes that typically 'bolt-on; acquired technology for virtual environments," she said. "With Kaspersky Lab, customers have a single, unified management platform for their virtual, physical and mobile environments."
She said KSV also has advanced anti-malware engine that provides superior detection and effective malware remediation. "Understanding that companies implement virtualisation to reach efficiency, KSV efficiency delivers protection in an agent-less form with a centralised anti-malware engine and signature database. This ensures that there is no redundancy or duplication of engine and database."
"KSV virtual appliance is deployed on a host, it provides automatic and up-to-date protection to all guest virtual machines (VMs) such as ease of security, addressing the deployment and compliance issues at the same time," said Gun. "By tightly integrating with VMware's platform and tools, KSV's protection seamlessly follows a VM as it moves from one host to another and there is no disruption to the protection status and security settings of the VM."
"In addition, KSV gives IT professionals the flexibility to configure and apply different security settings to selected virtual machine groups," she said. "In short, with Kaspersky's seamless management solution, companies can acquire virtualisation at a pace that suits their organisation's unique needs."
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