Kaspersky Lab Boosts Linux Mail Security

Kaspersky Lab updates its Security for Linux Mail Server with a series of security tweaks, indicating it doesn't plan on surrendering its presence in the growing open-source security market.

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Kaspersky Lab ZAO gave its Kaspersky Security for Linux Mail Server a few strong tweaks in the security area with an update that bolsters protection against spam and malware spread by e-mail, giving the channel a competitive edge when breaking into growing open-source security niches.

Kaspersky’s refreshed security solution, which serves Linux and FreeBSD mail servers, contains revamped security mechanisms that partners can use to gain ground in competitive open-source markets. One of the biggest improvements is a zero-day exploit and targeted attack shield, dubbed ZETA Shield technology, designed to detect and block unknown and increasingly sophisticated advanced persistent threats (APTs) delivered via e-mail attachments.

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The solution touts a new enforced antispam update service (EASUS) technology, which pushes updates from the Kaspersky cloud to the customers in real time. The revamped spam technology addresses what Kaspersky calls the “hit and run” tactic used by cybercriminals to bombard victims with at least half of the spam assault in the first 10 minutes.

The security solution a features a new cloud-assisted content reputation filtering system aimed at combating spam and reducing false positives. The content reputation technology fragments e-mail content, then analyses and compares the fragments with known samples of unwanted e-mail.

Tthe solution also features Kaspersky Security Network support, a format recognizer component that filters attachments based on file type, name and size; improved blacklist and whitelist support; and integration with popular MTAs like Postfix, Sendmail Exim, gmail and CommunigatePro.

The security tweaks will give the channel a big leg up when serving yet-unsaturated open-source security markets. Sweetening the deal is a flexible licensing option that allows customers to choose one of three licenses for the solution. The first option is anti-spam security, the second offers anti-malware protection and the third provides mail server security against active cyberthreats.

Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab has occupied a small but constant presence in the open-source security market with its Linux Mail Security solutions. If the update to its mail server security offering is any indication, open source is a space the antivirus firm doesn’t plan on surrendering any time soon.

And with good reason: By all reports, open source is a market primed for growth. A “Future of Open Source” survey, conducted in collaboration with North Bridge Venture Partners, Black Duck Software and the 451 Group, reveals open source is leading in innovative growth areas like Big Data, mobile and cloud. More than 50 percent of software acquired over the next five years will be open source.

That open source is heralded as innovation driver is underscored by a rejuvenated, industry-wide push. Last month, Red Hat Inc. made a strong case for its Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform, while both Microsoft Corp. and Dell Corp. have made concerted efforts to encourage the development and adoption of open-source platforms through the creation of dedicated divisions and strategic partnerships, respectively.

The effort will gain traction in 2013, and partners will uncover opportunity if they pay attention. Robust security mechanisms will be integral in open source’s development and adoption, representing a key niche that will reflect the segment’s overall growth.

Partners who get in on the ground floor will be a few paces ahead of the game.

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