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Effectiveness of hybrid cloud security

Kaspersky Lab UK : 04 June, 2013  (Technical Article)
Kaspersky Lab explains how cloud technologies are rendered more secure with hybrid solutions that also cater for local security
Effectiveness of hybrid cloud security

Cloud technologies are an important element of modern security solutions, but cannot protect computers without the support of local security tools. So the best way is to use hybrid solutions that incorporate local anti-malware technologies and simultaneously interact with a cloud service. However, such solutions are chosen by just 21 per cent of companies, according to a study conducted by Kaspersky Lab in collaboration with B2B International.

Hybrid solutions are most popular in large enterprises, with 29 per cent using hybrid security. However, such solutions remain unpopular among the majority of companies. According to the research, most respondents (51 per cent) prefer local solutions with no cloud assistance, and another 20 per cent choose cloud security tools.

Malcolm Tuck, Managing Director at Kaspersky Lab UK & Ireland comments: “Today, the amount of malware is increasing exponentially: about 140 new threats appear every minute. It is already impossible to overcome them simply by using the traditional signature search method – new threats are emerging too fast for even regular updates to stay one step ahead. That is why security solution developers are working on combining proactive and cloud technologies. The former help detect unknown threats: the latter deliver protection from new threats as fast as possible. There are further security solutions based only on cloud technologies, but these cannot provide reliable protection against complex threats, including zero-days. And such solutions cannot work efficiently without a stable Internet connection. “

Kaspersky Lab experts are sure that only hybrid solutions can provide the best protection against cyber-threats. That is why Kaspersky Lab was one of the first companies to add a cloud-based technology – Kaspersky Security Network – to its products for home and corporate users. With the user’s consent, the technology collects anonymous data about infection attempts from computers running Kaspersky Lab security solutions and sends this information to its specialists for detailed incident analysis. After taking proper measures for user protection, such as adding a malicious website to a blacklist, creating signatures, etc., the updates for security tools and antivirus databases are transferred to all Kaspersky Lab products via the Kaspersky Security Network.

The new platform for corporate users, Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business, also interacts closely with Kaspersky Security Network. The platform’s components collect data about new malware, dangerous websites and spam outbreaks, form white- and blacklists of applications, add to the database of vulnerabilities, etc. All necessary updates are downloaded to user computers just a few seconds after being checked by Kaspersky Lab experts. The results is a corporate security solution that provides efficient and, importantly, urgent protection against cyber-threats.

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