Kaspersky Lab has unveiled the latest version of security software for small offices.
The new Kaspersky Small Office Security is built with features that help small businesses stay ahead of modern security challenges and includes the company’s latest anti-malware technologies in an easy-to-use product that doesn’t require business owners to be IT experts.
There are over 75 million businesses worldwide that operate with fewer than 10 employees. There is a big market opportunity in this sector as they will process millions of dollars in 2014. Kaspersky says this market is traditionally under served by IT security vendors, and so these small businesses are forced to use either consumer-level products that don’t adequately meet their business needs or the stripped-down version of enterprise level products that are cumbersome to manage and force businesses to pay for security features they never use.
A Global IT Security Risks survey conducted by B2B International for Kaspersky Lab revealed that small and medium-sized businesses are typically more vulnerable to viruses, worms, spyware and other malicious programs.
Figures showed that 63 percent of small companies and 60 percent of medium-sized organizations have faced malware within their networks over the last 12 months. The research, which also included several Indian companies, shows that smaller organizations implement fewer or less well-developed IT security measures than large-scale enterprises.
Kaspersky Lab first introduced Kaspersky Small Office Security in 2010 to cater to the needs of small business segment. Since then the company has improved and refined its offering over the past several years.
The latest version Kaspersky Small Office Security includes new technology features including Safe Money to Protect Online Banking, Enhanced Mobile Device Support, Automatic Exploit Prevention, Password Manager and Online Backup.
Kaspersky Small Office Security now includes support for Android tablets and smartphones, equipping these devices with an array of anti-malware, Web browsing protection, and privacy controls. These devices will now have Kaspersky Lab’s latest anti-theft technologies, allowing employees to find missing mobile devices, or remotely wipe the data from stolen mobile devices.
Maxim Mitrokhin, director of Operations, Kaspersky Lab – Asia Pacific, said, “India is home to around 50 million SMBs currently, of which 10 million are technology-ready. However, as more and more SMBs increasingly adopt technology, the exposure to cyber threats correspondingly increases. Most SMBs in India do not invest in a full-fledged IT resource. This is due to reasons more than one, including lack of awareness, budget constraints, lack of available resources, etc.”
“Kaspersky Small Office Security (KSOS v3) will fill this gap owning to the fact that it is easy to install and manage, and provides enterprise-grade security to SMB customers, even providing security to mobile phones that access business content. We believe SMBs in India will take advantage of this newly launched product,” Mitrokhin added.