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Secure and Fast: F-Secure Solves Challenge of Protecting Virtual Environments

F-Secure’s new Security for Virtual and Cloud Environments ensures that businesses no longer have to compromise between performance and protection

SAN JOSE, Calif. – December 10, 2013 – F-Secure is offering businesses an easy choice for securing their virtual and cloud environments, one that combines best protection with optimal performance. Security for Virtual and Cloud Environments is an added feature for existing F-Secure Client Security and Server Security, offered through resellers and managed service providers.

“Protection and performance are both extremely important,” said Dmitriy Viktorov, director of New Concepts and Technology for Corporate Security at F-Secure. “Businesses shouldn’t have to sacrifice one for the other. That’s why we now offer both – award-winning* F-Secure protection, and excellent performance to support a great user experience.”

The virtualization challenge

The flexibility, cost savings in hardware and operational efficiency offered by virtualization have made virtual computing mainstream in today’s business environments. Studies show anywhere from 50 percent to 75 percent of small and medium size businesses are already using virtualized servers, with even more planning to in the near future.

Despite the popular use of virtual servers and desktops, however, security for these machines has not been up to the challenge so far. Businesses have had to choose between security solutions designed for traditional physical environments, and agentless solutions based on vendor-specific, proprietary technologies. Traditional solutions, while secure, are not well optimized for virtual environments. On the other hand, agentless solutions may not provide adequate protection against online attacks exploiting security vulnerabilities.

The best of both worlds

F-Secure Security for Virtual and Cloud Environments protects virtual machines running in private or public clouds. It provides proactive behavioral analysis and exploit protection that efficiently identifies and blocks modern malware and exploit attempts. To optimize performance for virtual environments, resource-intensive malware scanning is offloaded to a dedicated F-Secure Scanning and Reputation Server.

“The solution creates savings by enabling more virtual workloads with the same hardware,” said Viktorov. “It also allows businesses to change virtual desktops or servers from one virtualization platform to another without having to change security products.”

Multi-platform coverage

The solution can be easily deployed in virtual as well as mixed and hybrid environments with different combinations of virtual and traditional machines. Being hypervisor agnostic, it supports all popular virtualization platforms including VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft Hyper-V. In addition, all parts of the solution can be centrally managed with the same management tool, Policy Manager.

For more information about Security for Virtual and Cloud Environments, visit http://www.f-secure.com/en/web/business_us/products/virtual-cloud/overview

*F-Secure Internet Security 2013 received the award for Best Protection 2012 from the AV-TEST Institute. www.av-test.org. The protection technology in Security for Virtual and Cloud Environments is based on the same technology as F-Secure Internet Security 2013.


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For more information, please contact:

Melanie Lombardi
LEWIS PR for F-Secure
+ 1 (415) 432-2400