Security vendor Kaspersky Lab has released an anti-malware package that combines security products for endpoint, file server, mail servers, and the network gateway into a comprehensive suite.
Kaspersky Lab bundled eight security products into an
Anti-Malware Protection System to provide seamless security from endpoint and
mobile devices all the way to the gateway.
A mix of new and enhanced software, the Anti-Malware
Protection System was announced on Nov. 2. The new Kaspersky products include
the Kaspersky Security for Internet Gateway to scan
and the Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Smartphone, with
support for Symbian, Windows
, and BlackBerry phones.
The enhanced applications have a newly updated anti-virus
engine, and include Kaspersky Anti-Virus 8.0 for Windows Servers Enterprise
Edition; for Linux and FreeBSD File Servers; and for Lotus Domino; Kaspersky
Security 8.0 for Microsoft Exchange Servers 2007/2010; and Kaspersky Endpoint
Security 8.0 for Linux and Mac.
"This launch is not about products. It's about
establishing the best anti-malware protection across every layer of the
enterprise," said Gary Mullen, senior director for marketing at
Malware has become "incredibly sophisticated" with
, so it's important to have multiple layers of protection,
said Mullen. With a mobile workforce that gets online outside of the office,
having just an anti-virus on the gateway is not enough, said Mullen. Kaspersky
made it a point to have the same anti-virus engine in every product component
to ensure the "most comprehensive" security was available, according
Kaspersky Security for Internet Gateway scans only Web
, and does not scan traffic going through other ports that the
organization has open in the firewall, said Mullen. Organizations can open up
non-Web ports-ports other than 443, 80, 8000 or 8080-in the firewall to give
users access to certain applications and machines, which leaves them
unprotected unless there are other levels of protection in place.
specifically targeting Macs
and Linux platforms is still not as prevalent
as Windows-based attacks, IT managers can't afford to ignore endpoint security
for those two operating systems, said Mullen. With OS X gaining market share,
cyber-criminals are using Macs as "jump points" to infect Windows
machines on the internal network, he said.
In other words, if a Mac user comes across a virus, worm
or Trojan, either on a USB drive or from an
online source, that piece of malware wouldn't affect the Mac itself but can hop
through the network looking for file servers or other Windows machines to
Kaspersky developed a centralized management console that
gives a complete view into all the malware risks within the organization's
environment, said Mullen. The console allows IT administrators to manage
heterogeneous platforms, automate deployment, simplify maintenance, and upgrade
security software, according to the company.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 8.0 for Linux and FreeBSD File
Servers offers protection for open-source platforms and remote management
capabilities, said the company. It also has specific support for EMC's Celerra
devices, according to Mullen.
The updated anti-virus engine is integrated with a new
anti-spam engine for email security products from IBM's Lotus Domino and
Microsoft Exchange Servers. Endpoint Security for Smartphone features
anti-virus, anti-theft, remote recovery and data privacy. Mullen said the new
Windows Mobile 7 phones would also be protected under the smartphone security
product, along with older Windows Mobile phones, Blackberrys, and Symbian-based
The Anti-Malware Protection System will be available in
November, said Mullen. Customers can choose to purchase individual programs "ala
carte" or as part of a suite that matches "what they want to protect,"
said Mullen. The business suite will include only the file server and endpoint
security packages. The enterprise suite will add on the email security package.
All eight programs will be available in the total protection suite, according
The management console will be included for free
regardless of the suite purchased, said Mullen.