Kaspersky Lab ramps up ransomware protection for small businesses
By Digital News Asia May 2, 2017
- Designed specifically for businesses with five to 50 computers
- The latest version offers enriched protection against the growing threat of “cryptors”
KASPERSKY Lab has released a new version of its Kaspersky Small Office Security software to help Small Medium Businesses (SMBs) stay on top of the ever growing number of cyberthreats they face today.
With enhanced anti-ransomware functionality, improved safeguarding of online financial transactions and convenient security status monitoring, Kaspersky Small Office Security can help SMBs flourish by keeping the fraudsters at bay.
According to Kaspersky Lab general manager – SEA Sylvia Ng, the introduction of the new version of Kaspersky Small Office Security software is set to further protect SMBs in Malaysia.
“SMBs are the main pillar of the nation’s economic growth. SMB businesses made up 36.3% of the Malaysian economy in 2015 while accounting for 65.5% of total employment in 2015, making SMBs the biggest employer in Malaysia.
“Given the economic importance of this sector, it needs to be protected with products that are developed specifically for a five to 50 seat environment. However, the majority of SMBs in Malaysia do not see security and protection of their IT infrastructure as necessary because they view themselves as too small and insignificant to draw cybercriminals’ interest,” said Ng.
“An axiom for any business is that it exists for profit, whatever it produces or offers. Of course, startups have to keep their belts tightened, and saving on their own security often seems logical. It is not. At first it may seem logical, but cybercriminals care little about the size and sales of their victim. There are just two questions they want answered; is there any money and is it difficult to get? A “yes-no” combination is an attack in the making. This is where Kaspersky Small Security Office can help in fortifying the cyber-perimeter with a solution tailored for small businesses that require simple to use but effective protection tools,” explains Ng.
In line with recent research from Kaspersky Lab, finding that 42% of SMBs are concerned about the threat of crypto malware, the latest version of Kaspersky Small Office Security offers enriched protection against the growing threat of “cryptors”.
Anti-ransomware capabilities in the System Watcher component not only block malicious encryption attempts, but trigger an automatic backup and restore for ultimate peace of mind.
With over half of all SMBs in the US now relying on mobile banking to access and manage their accounts, the popularity of online transactions has not gone unnoticed by the criminal community.
To counteract this, the enhanced Safe Money feature within Kaspersky Small Office Security provides improved safeguarding of financial transactions from fraudsters, by protecting against the taking of screen grabs or use of the clipboard functionality, which cybercriminals typically rely on to steal precious business data and financial assets.
As well as these improvements, the latest version of Kaspersky Small Office Security also provides small businesses with an easy way to monitor their security status. Through a dedicated, cloud-based monitoring console, businesses have a single view of the protection status of all devices on their network – from PCs and laptops, through to file servers and mobile devices.
The online portal means this information can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, and protection settings activated or changed as required, to help businesses stay totally protected.
“With the threat and potential damage of crypto malware a very real proposition for small businesses, the latest enhancements to our small office solution means that SMBs can keep up and ensure ‘business as usual’ amidst an ever-changing threat landscape.
“The reliance on mobile and online transactions between suppliers and customers has also made the safeguarding of financial interactions extremely important and we have made improvements to help SMBs focus on growing their business and remaining competitive rather than worrying about who’s watching,” said Kaspersky Lab SMB Marketing head Vladimir Zapolyansky.
Designed specifically for businesses with five to 50 computers, Kaspersky Small Office Security provides security to PCs, file servers, laptops and mobile devices, protecting SMBs from online attacks, financial fraud, ransomware and data loss.
“Kaspersky Small Office Security offers out of the box simplicity combined with extended functionality and control. The cloud-based console makes remote management and monitoring easy. A single web page displays the security status of all your devices, enables you to activate security on any device and have easy access to Kaspersky Technical Support,” said Kaspersky Lab channel sales manager - SEA Foong Wai Yee.