PHOTO - (From left): Jimmy Fong, channel sales director, SEA, Kaspersky Lab; Gun Suk Ling, corporate sales director, APAC, Kaspersky Lab; and Bernie Bengler, director, cloud services/SaaS, APAC, Kaspersky Lab.
Kaspersky Lab has launched a new version of its cloud-based security solution - Kaspersky Hosted Security - in Malaysia, which simplifies and strengthens the 'first line of defence' for organisations, said the company.
"Small and medium enterprises can find it difficult to understand and respond to the latest IT security threats in today's rapidly evolving threat landscape," said Kaspersky Lab APAC managing director Harry Cheung, in late February 2012. "As business needs change, operations can become more complex and this in turn can affect IT security."
"Malware and viruses represent the number one IT security headache for businesses of all sizes and across all sectors closely followed by spam and phishing attacks," Cheung said. "More than 70,000 unique malware samples are identified every day by Kaspersky Lab experts. Protecting the business against such Web- and e-mail-borne threats is a major challenge particularly for smaller firms who typically do not have relevant IT expertise or resources in place."
"To help channel partners support their clients in addressing the security implications of trends such as consumerisation, the increased use of mobile devices and social media, cloud computing, and virtualisation, Kaspersky Lab is launching their new edition of Kaspersky Hosted Security, a cloud-based security solution for Web and e-mail," he said.
Cheung said the upgraded Kaspersky Hosted Security represented a cost-effective solution with a strong business case that was easy to sell, configure, and support. "With a service level agreement guaranteed by Kaspersky Lab, it provides a low-risk platform for added-value services and consultancy such as additional gateway, server and endpoint protection."
Cloud - number one priority
"As the threat landscape continues to grow, smaller firms are as vulnerable and exposed as their larger counterparts, but often lack the budgets and capability to explore and invest in expensive security," said Kaspersky Lab APAC director cloud services & SaaS [software-as-a-service], Bernie Bengler.
"According to a recent Frost & Sullivan end-user study, 34 percent of organisations stated that cloud computing is their number one priority," said Bengler. "The survey also shows that one-third of organisations in Malaysia are using some form of cloud computing."
"The positive uptake of cloud technology in Malaysia provides an opportunity to Kaspersky Lab as this product comes in a cloud-based solution and it represents an ideal option for organisations as it requires no investment in IT infrastructure or equipment, no specialist security skills, and can be easily scaled up or down to meet changing business needs," said Kaspersky Lab channel sales director, SEA, Jimmy Fong.
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