Kaspersky’s light-agent virtualization security solution challenges traditional approach

Kaspersky Lab has announced the latest virtualization security solution that delivers agentless or light-agent protection to VMware virtualization platform.

The new offering complements Kaspersky’s agentless virtualization security solution for VMware vSphere users, which will continue to be offered as Kaspersky Security for Virtualization | Agentless, the company said.

According to Kaspersky, the conventional agent-based protection leads to a wasteful use of computing resources. The whole purpose of virtualization is to reduce the resources; thus the agent-based solutions reduce the consolidation ratio of virtual machines and overall ROI of a virtualization project.

Nikolay Grebennikov, chief technology officer, Kaspersky Lab.

Kaspersky  Lab’s new Light Agent solution addresses these limitations. In the light agent model, almost all resource-intensive security processing is performed by a dedicated virtual appliance at the hypervisor level.

By channeling virtualized network traffic and files through this up-to-date appliance, VMs are fully protected by the latest security updates the instant they are created, and the need to push redundant copies of anti-malware databases across the network to each VM is eliminated.

Kaspersky Lab’s intelligent scanning also ensures the same file is not scanned multiple times, freeing up additional system resources. The solution also brings extra security features, including application controls and web usage policy enforcement, to virtualization environments, the company said.

Kaspersky Security for Virtualization product will be offered in flexible license packages, making it easier for growing businesses to secure future deployments.

“Driven by the research of our security experts, we’re on a mission to educate businesses about virtualization security risks, and provide them with options for protecting their network,” said Nikolay Grebennikov, chief technology officer, Kaspersky Lab.

“There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution for any network, so by offering a combination of virtualization security options for the three largest virtual platforms in the world, Kaspersky Lab is ensuring our customers stay protected while getting the most from their virtualization investment,” Grebennikov said.

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