Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky Open Space Security
Strengths: This would make up a great AV portion if you choose to build your own best-in-class malware offering.
Weaknesses: Although great at AV, short on other malware features.
Verdict: Strong solution for server, desktop and mobile device AV.
Kaspersky Open Space Security is a suite of products that offers security coverage for all types of network endpoints - from mobile devices to servers. The Kaspersky Open Space Security Kit includes an administration server that performs the centralized storage and management of the applications, the network agent that is installed on the network node to be managed, and the administration console, the user interface to the services running on the server and agent.
The product suite contains modules to protect against threats at the gateway, server, work station and smartphone. The Kaspersky Administration Kit is the management console that is used for configuration, management, reporting and real-time visibility over the agent performance.
The server application load is now very easy through the automated install process. All the required components - Microsoft MS SQL 2005 Express database, dependencies and application - load with very little effort. A deployment wizard follows after the server load and guides users through the initial configuration of the system, the discovery of devices and the creation of client loads. Active Directory (AD) integration is strong and even supports deployment through an AD group policy. The user interface has been updated and is very powerful, but can be complicated in some of its uses.
The product works like a traditional anti-virus solution, scanning incoming and outgoing data traffic for malicious content, including email, web traffic and network interactions.
Some new features included the opportunity to create a standalone installation package, a redesigned user interface that added a results pane, reports view and information panel. Also new is the ability to collect information about the applications installed on client computers and groups management with AD. Reporting has been upgraded, as well, including the ability to create custom reports and export reports to PDF or XML formats.
Five days a week/13 hours a day telephone support is included in the sale price, and additional levels of support are available for a fee.
The tool's scalability, management, strong reporting and alerting make this a strong enterprise anti-virus solution. It also integrates with Cisco NAC (Network Admission Control) to associate anti-virus status to assigned rules in NAC.