Kaspersky introduces cloud-based protection service

PETALING JAYA: Secure content and threat management company Kaspersky Lab is offering its enterprise and SMB (small and medium business) customers in the Asia Pacific region a new way to protect their computer network from spammers and cybercriminals.

Its cloud-based Hosted Security Services delivers a managed, integrated service that prevents spam and malware laden e-mail messages from corrupting an organisation’s computer network.

“Other vendors are actively pushing cloud services and Kaspersky is riding on thar wave,” said Bryan Sat, business development manager at Kaspersky Lab South-East Asia during a media briefing at the Kaspersky regional headquarters in Petaling Jaya.

Kaspersky Hosted Security Services is made up of the hosted e-mail security service and a hosted web security service. Customers can subscribe to either one, or both.

According to Bernie Bengler, Kasperksy Lab global head of product management, software-as-a-service, and cloud services for Asia Pacific, the new service offers businesses a better way to protect their mobile workforce.

“In the past, protecting your mobile workforce meant massively upgrading their portable devices or having them dial into the company network. Both ways are cost and bandwith inefficient.

“Using a hosted security service in the cloud will enable IT administrators to extend their security policies to remote and roaming employees,” he said.

Kaspersky Lab's hosted e-mail security service intercepts the mail and weeds out spam and malware laden messages before sending them on to the receipients.

The interception happens at Kasperky’s datacentre in Singapore where any spam and malware found is quarantined. “Customers can sift through the quarantined messages for any legitimate mail that may have been mistakenly caught by the filter,” Bengler said.

Meanwhile, Kaspersky’s hosted web security combines web security and web filtering functions in a single service to protect networks against Internet-borne threats.

The security software in the datacentre is updated every 15 minutes to ensure newer threats are caught and the web traffic is completely void of malware. These updates will not affect the flow of web traffic.

“Just like the hosted e-mail security service, this filters web content and makes sure no malicious code hits the company network, thus also helping to reduce bandwidth congestion,” Bengler said.

IT administrators can use this function to restrict access to certain websites or allow access at a particular time only. “For example, administrators can restrict access to social networking sites during lunch hour or at the end of the work day,” he said.

Kaspersky Hosted Security Services can be quickly set up without additional hardware or software investments, the vendor said.

Businesses can subscribe to the service on the Kaspersky Lab website or with a local reseller. Pricing for the service varies according to the packages and number of users.

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