Kaspersky Lab adds mobile and system management to its business security offering

'Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business' includes tools for data encryption, mobile device management, system administration and more

Kaspersky Lab on Wednesday made its bid to reduce the complexity associated with managing IT security processes in corporate environments, with a new product that combines the company's anti-malware technology with new mobile and system management tools.

Kaspersky has historically been known as one of the top antivirus vendors in the world, but this release is about the company spreading its wings and adding significantly more functionality to its business product, said Mark Bermingham, senior product marketing manager at the company. That functionality includes data encryption, mobile device management, system and application deployment, vulnerability scanning and automated patch management, all of which can be controlled from a single management console.

Called Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business the new product is available in three base configurations: Core, Select and Advanced. However, the underlying platform has a modular architecture which allows these configurations to be expanded according to individual customer needs.

The Core version provides anti-malware protection and a firewall and is suitable for customers who just need protection from malware threats.

The Select configuration includes everything in the Core version, but adds application control with dynamic whitelisting, system device control and Web control features. This version also includes a security agent for mobile devices and provides MSM (mobile device management) capabilities through the central management console.

The MDM functionality helps companies respond to the challenge of employees using their personal mobile devices for work purposes while at the same time ensuring that sensitive business data remains secure. When MDM is enabled, business data like corporate emails is stored in a special container on a mobile device that separates it from the user's personal data, Bermingham said. IT administrators can then control what applications can access the data, can encrypt it or can wipe it remotely if the device is lost, he said.

The Advanced configuration of the new Kaspersky Endpoint Security product further adds data encryption and system management capabilities to the features offered in the Select version.

The encryption functionality uses the 256-bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) and is completely transparent to users, Bermingham said. It can be used to protect entire system drives, peripheral and removable devices, as well as individual files and folders.

The system management tools allow administrators to automate OS and application deployments, manage licenses, define and enforce NAC (network admission control) policies, run vulnerability scans, prioritize and deploy security patches and remotely administer computers.

There's also a fourth version of the product called Kaspersky Total Security for Business which in addition to endpoint security provides protection for Web, mail and collaboration servers.

With the Endpoint Security for Business product, Kaspersky is offering the ability to control a diverse range of system security and management technologies from a single administration console, Bermingham said. These technologies already exist in different products available on the market, but it can be overwhelming for a system administrator to manage them individually, he said.

The key market segment targeted with the release is small and medium sized businesses, because these companies usually lack the financial and human resources to acquire and manage separate products for specific processes. However, there's no reason why the product wouldn't attract large enterprise customers as well, Bermingham said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags firewallssecuritymobile securityDesktop securitypatch managementencryptiondata protectionkaspersky lab

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Lucian Constantin

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?