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WOBURN, MA – July 28, 2014 — /BackupReview.info/ — While today’s organizations recognize the importance of securing their virtual environment, many IT professionals don’t know that specialized security solutions have been built to deliver both security and efficiency for virtual environments. According to a Kaspersky Lab and B2B International survey of worldwide IT professionals, approximately one out of every four IT security experts have little to no understanding of their virtualization security options (tweet this). What’s more concerning is that nearly half of respondents (46%) said that virtual environments can be adequately protected by conventional security solutions and 36% believe that security concerns in virtual infrastructures are significantly lower than in physical environments (tweet this).

While many conventional agent-based security solutions are virtual-aware and provide excellent protection, they consume significant resources and very quickly become counter-productive when scaling virtual environments. Additionally, traditional agent-based security solutions may overwhelm resources when updating or scanning and can create gaps in security when updates need to be applied.

In addition to some of the virtualization security myths unearthed by the survey, Kaspersky Lab also found that IT security professionals may not have a clear understanding about the different virtualization security approaches that are available. The survey found that only one out of every three IT security experts have a clear understanding of light agent and agent-based virtualization solutions, and only one out of every four understands agent-less virtualization security (tweet this).

However, even though many organizations may not have a clear understanding of virtualization security options or the consequences associated with using conventional security solutions to protect virtual environments, 64% agreed that security should be one of the first considerations when rolling out virtual infrastructure (tweet this). In addition, 52% of survey respondents agreed that virtual environments are increasingly forming a core part of their business’ IT infrastructure and nearly one out of every four enterprises said that securing virtualization infrastructure is one of their most important security priorities for the next 12 months (tweet this).

For more information about the Kaspersky Lab and B2B International virtualization survey, please visit: http://bit.ly/Uoxjy7

To learn more about Kaspersky Security for Virtualization, which brings security technologies to virtual endpoints that were previously difficult to secure without sacrificing network performance, please visit: http://www.kaspersky.com/business-security/virtualization

Quotes:
Mark Bermingham, Virtualization Evangelist
Kaspersky Lab North America
“Businesses today face an ever-evolving threat landscape and cybercriminals are increasingly looking at virtual environments as the next frontier of sophisticated attacks. The survey results highlight a clear disconnect between what organizations believe is optimal security for a virtual environment when contrasted with the robust capabilities delivered via agentless and light agent solutions. With many businesses turning their attention to securing virtual environments, it is critical that they execute these initiatives and understand their options for securing these business-critical environments.”

About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users*. Throughout its more than 16-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for large enterprises, SMBs and consumers. Kaspersky Lab, with its holding company registered in the United Kingdom, currently operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection for over 300 million users worldwide. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.

* The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2012. The rating was published in the IDC report “Worldwide Endpoint Security 2013–2017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor Shares (IDC #242618, August 2013). The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2012.

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Stephen Russell
781.503.1833
stephen.russell@kaspersky.com

Source: Kaspersky

 

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