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Kaspersky Lab survey reveals security opportunities for partners

By Lynn Haber

If a lack of awareness about IT solutions equals opportunity for savvy partners, then Kaspersky Lab’s recently released survey results highlight a healthy opportunity for channel partners that have expertise in virtualization security.

In the “Global IT Security Risks Survey 2014 — Virtualization” survey from Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, Kaspersky Lab found that despite the prevalence of virtualized environments in organizations worldwide, one in four IT professionals acknowledged that they don’t know what their options are for virtualization security.

About 3,900 survey respondents from 27 countries provided feedback for the study and represented companies of all sizes, with 54% of participants from midsize and large organizations and the rest representing small businesses. Fifty-four percent of the respondents reported they’ve already implemented server virtualization. Twenty-five percent said they’ve adopted virtual desktop virtualization infrastructure (VDI).

Other interesting findings in the study focus on the beliefs about security held by IT professionals. For example, 46% of respondents believe virtual environments can be adequately protected by conventional security solutions, and 36% stated security concerns in virtual environments are significantly lower than in non-virtual environments.

The survey honed in on various types of virtualization security solutions available today: agent-based virtualization security, agent-less virtualization security, and light agent-based virtualization security.

In North America, about one-third of self-described IT security experts reported that they have a clear understanding of the various security solutions, while a much higher percentage of respondents —- said they had a reasonable understanding of agent-based (52%), agent-less (71%) and light agent (57%) virtualization security.

On average, about 10% of these IT security experts reported weak to no understanding of the virtualization security solutions. This number rises to about 25% percent on average reported globally.

While Kaspersky highlighted responses to questions about security for the virtualized environment, it wasn’t the top security concern among respondents for the next 12 months. Globally, the top security concerns, garnering 20% to 29% of responses, are preventing data leakage, continuity of service of business-critical systems, guarding against external cyber threats, security of mobile devices, security of both public and private cloud infrastructure, and eliminating vulnerabilities in existing systems.

By comparison, security of the virtualized environment garnered a 14% response overall, but slightly higher — 21% — at enterprise companies (5,000-plus employees).

Clearly, the study’s findings provide insight on business opportunities for channel partners with security practices.

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