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Kaspersky delivers tool for protecting remote workforces with a spotlight on shadow IT
The new edition of Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud gives businesses more visibility over shadow IT offering a cloud discovery feature that allows IT administrators to safeguard compliance to corporate security policies. It does so by controlling the unauthorized use of potentially unsecure applications and sites commonly used by employees. The control over cloud services helps organizations minimize the risk of corporate data being exposed to a breach while still allowing employees to work remotely. 

Almost every employee (99%) would like to sometimes work remotely, according to the "State of Remote Work" report; however, our currently reality has made working from home mandatory for nearly all industries. Due to government guidelines in place in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many industry leading businesses such as General Motors, Apple, etc. have been encouraged to allow their employees to work from home.

In such a scenario, it becomes even more important for administrators to ensure both corporate and employee data remains secure and private. The use of SaaS helps businesses and employees be agile and work remotely, especially when they can't be in the office. Along with authorized corporate services, employees can choose to use other applications based on their own preference or mix corporate and personal habits generating what is known as "shadow IT."

Whether it is messengers, file sharing services or small tools for work or personal needs on corporate devices, the level of security in such applications can be obscure. Even if they are used with good intentions without approval from IT departments, doing so can still potentially lead to compromising corporate data or even a malware infection that would threaten an organization's reputation.

Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud can now help IT administrators maintain more transparency over corporate IT and ensure that only trusted cloud services are used within their organization. The cloud discovery feature allows them to establish a list of authorized cloud services that meet corporate security policies, and ensure this list is adhered to. The data about the used categories of services and dedicated applications is visible in a dashboard where administrators can fine tune access for different user profiles and set privileges for different groups of users according to their working needs.

In addition, to help organizations keep their cloud email inboxes and collaboration tools safe, Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud now includes Kaspersky Security for Microsoft Office 365. Kaspersky Security for Microsoft Office 365 protects all Microsoft Office 365 applications including Exchange Online, OneDrive and SharePoint Online, and also ensures secure file sharing through Microsoft Teams. Protection from email threats is enabled through a neural network-based anti-phishing engine that uses more than 1,000 criteria to detect phishing emails, as well as malicious URL database, anti-spoofing, and prevention of business email compromise. Also, scanning of files uploaded into SharePoint Online, OneDrive and Microsoft Teams ensures they don't contain malware and it doesn't spread across corporate endpoints.

"Remote work may naturally become the only way to keep business operations moving forward for companies during these turbulent times," says Sergey Martsynkyan, head of B2B product marketing at Kaspersky. "This means extra challenges for those who administrate IT and ensure cybersecurity within their company because they need to somehow control shadow IT so it doesn't harm corporate data or expose a business to cyberthreats. Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud arms businesses with the necessary tool to take control, along with proven endpoint and Microsoft Office 365 protection, all in one."

More information about Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud and its tiers can be found on the product page.
Published Wednesday, April 15, 2020 8:35 AM by David Marshall
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