Wednesday, 30 November 2011 11:16

Kaspersky cloud update in February

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Australians' summer holiday habits are causing a delayed local rollout of Kaspersky's latest cloud security update.

Version 3.2 of Kaspersky's hosted security service will be rolled out to Australian and New Zealand customers in early February, according to Bernie Bengler, the security vendor's director of cloud services and SaaS in the Asia Pacific region.

The European rollout "went extremely well," he told iTWire, but because local companies often have a 'code freeze' in December and January, the new version will be held back here. "I don't expect any hiccups in Australia," said Mr Bengler.

Highlights of the new version include "a complete facelift" for the user interface including simplified reporting and quarantine management, plus a new anti-spam engine.

"We want to keep our portal simple... for instance, spam is spam - there is no 'probable' spam," said Mr Bengler.

Kaspersky has been offering hosted security services in ANZ for around 18 months, and in October last year it opened two data centres in Sydney. Features of the email security service include rapid provisioning (around five minutes), per-user (not per-address) charging, onshore processing, and the quarantining of of spam, malware and phishing emails. "From a CFO perspective, it is a safe investment," said Mr Bengler, as it removes the 70-90% of emails that are unwanted, dramatically reducing the email processing and storage infrastructure required by an organisation.

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The web security service handles on-premises and remote users with equal efficiency, he said. Instead of routing traffic through the corporate network, it is handled by a cloud proxy that can enforce policies whether a user is in the office or sitting in a cafe. For example, if a Facebook worm emerges, the service can be used to temporarily block access to Facebook for all users. Like the email service, it is charged per user per month.

Targeted attacks are a growing concern, so Kaspersky is beta testing a service that provides an early warning system. The idea is that customers provide a list of 'assets' (eg, IP addresses, domain names, project code names) and then the service watches for references to those assets. Kaspersky's 400 million users provide a large network of sensors that can pick up potentially malicious content that references those assets but isn't recognised as a piece of known malware.

Kaspersky then reverse-engineers suspicious content to determine its intended function.

In addition to its security SaaS offerings, Kaspersky also plays in the IaaS market, helping to secure VMware and other infrastructure.

Kaspersky works exclusively through its network of resellers and service providers, even where potential customers obtain a trial licence from Kaspersky's web site.


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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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