Kaspersky Lab, founded by Eugene Kaspersky (pictured above) has always provided online security solutions for small businesses. But today the company is emphasizing “small” even more by offering a system specifically designed for companies with fewer than 25 employees.
The next-generation version of Kaspersky Small Office Security solution, in a nutshell, offers anti-malware, online transaction protection, cloud management, backup management and password management.
The cloud-based management console permits you to control the system from anywhere via a Web browser. The software offers multi-layered protection from a range of threats for Windows and Mac computers, servers and Android-based mobile devices. Ease-of-use was a key design consideration, the company says.
The belief that small businesses face less risk from hackers is not only false but dangerous, according to the company. Cyber-criminals often target small businesses expressly because small businesses generally pay insufficient attention to data protection.
Adding more complexity, these businesses increasingly are allowing employees to use personal devices on the company network. In 2014, 62 percent of companies permitted such use, according to a Kaspersky survey. Other top priorities for security at small companies are customers’ personal information (25 percent), payment requisites (13 percent) and trade secrets (12 percent), the survey added.
Despite these diversified data sets, small businesses skimp on security, installing basic protection systems, such as free anti-malware products.
In an official release announcing the new package, Konstantin Voronkov, head of endpoint product management at Kaspersky Lab, explains:
“Being small doesn’t mean [you are] less noticeable by cyber-criminals. It’s very important for businesses to pay more attention to ensuring their cyber-security, and Kaspersky Small Office Security has made it easy… so that business owners can get on with doing what they do best: making the company a success.”
In fact, online security for small businesses was debated in Congress last week, the Washington Post reported. And the gist is that small business owners should make every effort to protect themselves in today’s rapidly changing digital environment.
Under consideration is legislation designed to “better shield corporations and governments from cyber-criminals,” though “some experts worry the bills wouldn’t go far enough to protect and educate small businesses.”
“It would be a step in the right direction, but not a panacea,” Todd McCracken, president of the National Small Business Association, said during a House Small Business Committee hearing. He noted:
“Cyber-security has emerged as a significant problem and concern for the small-business community. Sharing cyber-security information is useful, but what small businesses really need is to know how to use that information.”
McCracken’s position is that government efforts to stop cyber attacks should include a more prominent move to help small businesses better detect and handle hacker attacks.
Cyber criminals know small businesses “are ill-prepared to defend themselves.”
The new Kaspersky Small Office Security solution’s browser requirements are Windows XP through Windows 8.1. Each employee is protected on one Windows or Mac computer, plus a mobile device. File Server protection is added based on the number of protected users. The product is sold in licensed packages for companies with up to 25 employees.