Cyber ​​security in virtual environments: 73% rely on classic endpoint protection solutions

According to a Kaspersky survey, three out of four companies use traditional endpoint security solutions within virtual environments, and only 27 percent rely on security-specific security solutions. Of these, 35 percent use agentless solutions and 15 percent light-agent technologies.

According to a global survey by Kaspersky Lab, three out of four companies (73 percent) use traditional endpoint security solutions within virtual environments. This has a negative impact on performance and leads to extreme system loads. Every third company (34 percent) is obviously unaware that specialized IT protection solutions for virtual environments are available on the market.

Of the companies surveyed, only 27 percent rely on security solutions specially adapted to virtualization. Almost half (48 percent) of these are agent-based solutions, but they can negatively impact performance and negate the benefits of virtualization. Specially adapted agentless solutions are used in 35 percent of the surveyed companies. 15 percent rely on light-agent technologies.

The Security of Virtual Infrastructure – IT Security Risks Special Report Series survey was conducted by B2B International on behalf of Kaspersky Lab in 2015. 5564 IT specialists from companies and organizations of all sizes from 35 countries were surveyed.

“Compared to traditional security solutions for endpoints, specialized solutions for virtual environments are characterized by less resource consumption and better performance,” explains Holger Suhl, General Manager DACH at Kaspersky Lab. “In addition, simple management of agentless solutions is extremely beneficial for very large installations. And with the use of VDI platforms, you can only maintain good performance with a light-agent approach without sacrificing security. ”

Traditional security solutions can cause a number of unwanted effects on virtual endpoints. If several devices search for malware at the same time, or if they want to update their databases, this may depress the performance. Therefore, special solutions allow to outsource the complex scan and update components into a separate security virtual appliance (SVA). This reduces the negative impact on the endpoint’s resources and eliminates peak loads for the entire infrastructure, thanks to centralized queue management and optimized scans.

To protect virtual environments with minimal impact on resources, Kaspersky Lab offers its solution Kaspersky Security for Virtualization in two variants . The agentless version of the product is specifically designed for VMware virtual environments (VShield Tools) and can be deployed on endpoints to be protected without any software installation.

The Kaspersky Security for Virtualization Light Agent has only light agents installed on the virtual endpoints. Scans and database updates are handled by an SVA who has full access to the agents. This provides the virtual environment with comprehensive protection such as firewall, malware protection, application control or Internet access policies. If the local SVA fails, the endpoints are not vulnerable. Kaspersky Lab’s patented Fault Tolerance technology allows agents to continue working without SVA.

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