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  Technology   In Other news  18 Jul 2017  New Kaspersky endpoint security cloud protects businesses on Mac devices

New Kaspersky endpoint security cloud protects businesses on Mac devices

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published : Jul 18, 2017, 4:18 pm IST
Updated : Jul 18, 2017, 4:18 pm IST

Kaspersky Lab has released a new generation of its Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud.

It provides corporate Macs with cloud-based multilayered protection and gives service providers more automation and management capabilities.
 It provides corporate Macs with cloud-based multilayered protection and gives service providers more automation and management capabilities.

The danger for businesses using Macs is real: in 2016, Kaspersky Lab detected 11.8 million cyber-attacks against Mac users. MacOS-specific malware, OS-agnostic phishing and “man in the middle” type of attacks can easily refute the false sense of security felt among Apple advocates. To save companies from their overconfidence in the secure nature of these devices, Kaspersky Lab has released a new generation of its Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud. It provides corporate Macs with cloud-based multilayered protection and gives service providers more automation and management capabilities.

Protecting from the real threat to Macs

 

Cybercriminals today are not put off by Apple platforms’ built-in security features. 2016-2017 has seen the emergence of new Mac threats: from the first known, entirely Mac-focused ransomware KeRanger in March 2016, to the ‘Fruitfly’ malware and the ‘Patcher’ ransomware in early 2017. This does not include targeted spam, phishing and social engineering threats aimed at people, not operating systems, which may leave MacOS security technologies helpless.

In fact, it’s the perceived immunity to cyberthreats that makes Macs an attractive target for more sophisticated malware developers. Criminals can use these less vulnerable, but typically unprotected systems to access the wider corporate network. It is therefore not only design studios, advertising agencies or start-ups where Macs dominate, which are in danger.

 

Securing both Windows and Mac operating systems, along with mobile platforms, becomes a challenge for businesses with mixed IT environments. To help these companies ensure security across all platforms, Kaspersky Lab has released a new generation of Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud that now protects corporate Macs.

Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud allows small and medium-sized businesses to simplify their security routine through managing multiple MacOS and Windows workstations, mobile devices and file servers remotely, via its intuitive cloud-based console. Corporate Mac users will now receive multi-layered antimalware protection and web protection, along with configuration of scan exclusions and optimized usage of computer resources.

 

More automation and simplified management for MSPs

Managing several customer accounts at once, service providers need special tools to achieve ultimate visibility and control over the workflow, seamless automated billing and reporting, and unified management of security. To guarantee that, Kaspersky Lab has completed the integration of Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud with industry-leading remote monitoring and management (RMM) and professional service automation (PSA) platforms ― ConnectWise Manage and ConnectWise Automate.

With Kaspersky Security Integration Plugin installed, MSP teams have access to automated security scanning and updates, remote client deployment, and a centralized security dashboard to manage customers’ accounts from a single ConnectWise console.

 

Due to the updated cloud management console in Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud, MSPs can now assign several administrators to manage IT security. This provides extra flexibility for service provider teams and visibility for their customers, who can now monitor protection by delegating administrator rights to internal staff. A built-in MSP dashboard includes a list of companies, number of devices, available licenses and license duration dates, so that MSPs can have a business snapshot for all managed companies on one screen.

“We are excited to release the next generation of Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud that now protects businesses with Mac computers. It ensures that protection from cyberthreats doesn’t detract small and medium size businesses from other tasks and that their entire corporate network stays protected — even if they only have 15 minutes to spend on security. If no internal resources are available, the solution also helps when outsourcing IT security to a service provider, by ensuring they can still keep track of what’s going on in their infrastructure” comments Vladimir Zapolyansky, Head of SMB Business, Kaspersky Lab.

 

Tags: kaspersky, cybercrime, hacking