Manila, Philippines – As part of its goals of increasing protection for enterprise-level networks, a leading secure content and threat management solutions developer Kaspersky Lab has introduced to the Philippines a new security platform that supports virtualized environments. The Kaspersky Security for Virtualization is specifically developed for corporate IT infrastructures, which could become targets by cybercriminals. It is an all-in-one answer to companies whatever virtualization environment they have.
Apart from the launch of the Kaspersky Security for Virtualization, the company also revealed the results of a survey on IT virtualization and security thoughts and targets of Philippine corporations. It revealed how companies are reacting to threats and what they are doing to address these problems.
Kaspersky Security for Virtualization
The Kaspersky Security for Virtualization (KSV) 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 Virtualization avoids the needless complexity and resource-drain associated with security programs that typically “bolt-on” acquired technology for virtual environments. With Kaspersky Lab, customers have a single, unified management platform for their virtual, physical and mobile environments.
KSV is an agent-less, anti-malware security for virtualized environments, including virtual data centers, virtualized servers, and desktops running VMware’s virtualization platform.
KSV also has advanced anti-malware engine that provides superior detection and effective malware remediation. Understanding that companies implement virtualization to reach efficiency, KSV efficiency delivers protection in an agent-less form with a centralized anti-malware engine and signature database. This ensures that there is no redundancy or duplication of engine and database.
IT virtualization gaining ground in PH
In a similar note, Kaspersky Lab also commissioned a survey to find out the current state of IT virtualization implementation is gaining ground in the Philippines and among the main drivers is cost and the availability of security. A survey commissioned by Kaspersky Lab in the Philippines showed 100 companies saying that cost savings is a key consideration in implementing IT virtualization. The level of importance among Filipino companies is also relatively high (39 percent).
Among the companies surveyed, 63 percent said they either in the process of implementing or are already implementing virtualized environments. Another 21 percent of those surveyed are still in discussion regarding implementation.
With expenses being the utmost reason for IT virtualization deployment, close to 50 percent of the surveyed firms said they have done virtualization on their mail and web servers, with 17 percent on on storage servers.
Aside from cost security is also a major consideration among companies who are concerned that their IT infrastructure could be subject to hacking and malicious software. But the survey, conducted in April this year, also showed a surprisingly small number of companies (31 percent) that have applied security applications on their virtualized network.
Consequently, 87 percent of companies surveyed said they are not satisfied with existing security applications being offered in virtualized environments. But even as security remains a concern among these companies, most of those surveyed (72 percent) expressed they will still implement a form of virtualization in the next 12 months.
“In the Asia Pacific region, the Philippines is among the countries where virtualization is experiencing positive growth. This makes the Philippines a very potential market for KSV,” said Suk Ling Gun, director of corporate sales for Kaspersky Lab Asia Pacific.
“We specifically see that the financials, telecoms and the academe sectors are early adopters of virtualization in this country. I strongly believe the Kaspersky security technology that we are bringing here is well-positioned to help companies secure their virtualized networks and run their respective businesses efficiently,” said Gun.
Survey results at a glance
- The survey was conducted in April 2012 for 1 week
- Sent to various 500 companies across different industries in the Philippines
- Databases varied from medium to large companies
- 20% of the companies took the phone survey
- Some companies are Kaspersky existing customers and some are not.
- Total of about 28 questions
- 63% have implemented and are implementing the virtualized environment, about 21% of the companies are in discussion.
- 39% of the companies responded that IT virtualization is somewhat important for them.
- 100% said cost savings is the key driver to implement IT virtualization.
- Close to 50% indicated virtualization on mail and web server, followed by about 17% on storage server.
- About 100% said it is VERY IMPORTANT to set up security in a virtualized environment, however, only 31% of the companies applied IT security on virtualized environment.
- 87% of the companies are not satisfied with the security in the virtualized environment.
- About 72% of the companies said they will implement a form of virtualization within 12 months.