Employee negligence poses a serious threat to the security of corporate confidential data. This is according to over half the respondents in the Worldwide Security Products survey conducted among major global companies by the research agency IDC in February 2013.
Westcon-Comztek vendor partner Kaspersky is providing customers a solution to this challenge: the Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business platform, a product offered within the Westcon Security Solutions division.

Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business is a specialised technology solution for the protection of confidential information, managing coordinated protection of the corporate infrastructure against malware, ensuring maximum security for sensitive information and effectively preventing data leakage.

“One of the most common violations of corporate policies that are in place to protect sensitive data is caused by employees using their own removable media for work purposes.

“These devices are often the way in which confidential information leaves a company without authorisation. These removable media devices may also introduce malware onto the corporate network, which can lead to data leakage and other damaging consequences,” says Andrew Potgieter, business practice director at Westcon Security Solutions – Network.

Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business incorporates advanced technologies that help to protect a company’s data.

Two levels of file encryption are offered: File/Folder Level Encryption and Full Disk Encryption. With the Kaspersky Security Centre, the network administrator can establish common rules to encrypt certain types of files/folders and drives, rendering the data unreadable outside of the company’s IT infrastructure.

With this sensitive information cannot be seen regardless of whether the security policy violator is an insider or the confidential information was taken outside the company accidentally.

A range of Kaspersky Lab tools are also available to reduce the risk of removable media transferring malware onto the corporate network, including Automatic Exploit Prevention, Anti-rootkit and Dynamic Whitelisting, which can combat even unknown threats effectively.

Another threat to corporate information comes as a result of the data carried on smartphones and tablets. These devices are more likely to become infected by spyware, and confidential data is prone to loss or leakage as a result of lost mobile devices full of corporate data. One of the components of Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business, Kaspersky Security for Mobile, helps to address this challenge too.

The solution includes an extensive list of features that allow quick, easy and secure integration of an employee’s personal devices into the corporate infrastructure. It also offers encryption capabilities for sensitive data and remote removal of data, even if a lost or stolen smartphone is used with a new SIM card.

“While developing stricter policies for securing sensitive data is solid business practice, the reality is that no matter how strict these policies are, there remains a chance that they may be violated because of the employees’ actions. Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business offers a range of technologies to neutralise or minimise the negative consequences of such incidents,” Potgieter concludes.