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Kaspersky reinforces VMware NSX protection

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Kaspersky Lab has released a new version of its virtualisation security solution, Kaspersky Security for Virtualization Agentless.
Designed to provide protection within software-defined data centers built on VMware vSphere and VMware NSX, the solution now delivers advanced security capabilities for each virtual machine and virtual network with nearly no impact on the virtualized platform’s resources.
By leveraging VMware NSX and the new Kaspersky Security for Virtualization Agentless solution, customers are able to find the right balance of performance and protection in a software-defined datacenter.
The resource-efficient security solution helps retain high consolidation ratios, and reduce the load on computing resources. The anti-malware protection for virtualisation allows file-scanning tasks to be offloaded from the individual virtual machine onto a dedicated secure virtual machine (VM) for greater efficiency and lower impact on the system’s performance.
Built-in VMware NSX features are now natively reinforced with Kaspersky Security for Virtualization’s security capabilities, such as anti-malware protection, virtual network IDS/IPS and enhanced SNMP-monitoring. Using NSX Security Tags allows for real-time reaction to security incidents and allows for the automatic reconfiguration of the virtual infrastructure if the Agentless detects malware or other malicious activity. With security policy integration, each virtual machine will receive precise security capabilities as defined by the corporate policies based on the VM’s role.
Kaspersky Security for Virtualization Agentless has a unique full infrastructure scan capability that enables scanning both online and offline virtual machines. Unlike traditional agent-based security solutions that can only scan operating VMs, the dedicated solution is specifically designed for virtualisation to detect malware across the entire infrastructure.
“The performance vs. security dilemma has been at the core of relationships between IT and security professionals for as long as virtualisation has been popular in the enterprise sector. VMware and Kaspersky Lab address this dilemma by offering the use of Kaspersky Security for Virtualization Agentless with VMware NSX. This provides customers with advanced security capabilities and almost zero impact on the platform performance and efficiency. The security features we now offer for both VMware NSX and VMware vShield Endpoint means that any IT and security strategies one has can be fully aligned to particular business needs,” says Vitaly Mzokov, solution business lead: data centre and virtualisation security at Kaspersky Lab.
“We are pleased that Kaspersky’s Security for Virtualization Agentless product qualifies for the VMware Ready for Networking and Security logo, signifying to customers that it has met specific VMware interoperability standards and works effectively with VMware NSX. This signifies to customers that Kaspersky Security for Virtualization Agentless can be deployed in production environments with confidence and can speed time to value within customer environments,” says Kristen Edwards, director: technology alliance partner program at VMware.
Security management functions are unified in a single administration console, which allows for the controlling of all VMs along with physical and mobile devices, protected with other Kaspersky Lab’s solutions. This is to make management of various environments’ security simple and visible across virtual to physical to mobile platforms.
The virtualisation-native architecture of the security solution provides a toolset of protective technologies that can work with the IT infrastructure of any complexity, both on-premise and off-premise.