Kaspersky introduces Linux support in their Kaspersky Embedded Systems Security product, offering a specialized, multi-layered solution for optimized security of embedded Linux-based systems, devices, and scenarios. As the global Linux market continues to grow, this update aims to counter the rising cyberthreats targeting Linux platforms in critical infrastructure enterprises and large businesses.
24 July 2023 – Kaspersky, a renowned cybersecurity solutions provider, has unveiled its latest update to the Kaspersky Embedded Systems Security product, now offering support for Linux-based systems. This advanced, multi-layered solution aims to safeguard embedded Linux devices and scenarios, catering to the growing demand for Linux in critical infrastructure enterprises and large businesses. As the Linux market witnesses rapid growth, Kaspersky’s specialized security solution ensures optimized protection against the evolving cyberthreat landscape.
The global Linux market has surged to a value of 5.33 billion US dollars in 2021, and experts predict this figure to reach 22.15 billion US dollars by 2029, with a remarkable compound annual growth rate of 19.8%. Linux’s cost-competitiveness and compatibility with various hardware have fueled its adoption across commercial embedded systems in sectors such as banking, retail, and healthcare. This increasing popularity has, however, drawn the attention of cybercriminals, resulting in a surge of specialized malware targeting these platforms. In the first half of 2023 alone, Kaspersky recorded more than 14.5 million network-based automated attacks on Linux, indicating the pressing need for robust security measures to protect Linux-based embedded devices.
To address this demand, Kaspersky has introduced comprehensive cyber-protection functions tailored to embedded platforms based on Linux. The solution offers rigorous protection for autonomous embedded devices like ATMs and vending machines, as well as flexible configurations for systems with higher power levels, such as computerized Point of Sale (PoS) and medical systems. Employing a multi-layered approach, the implementation can be adjusted to specific configurations and deployment scenarios, ensuring optimized performance with protection tailored to each unique use case.
One of the key challenges in securing publicly accessible devices is the risk of direct infection attacks, which Kaspersky counters with powerful self-protection capabilities and Integrity Monitoring functionality. Application and Device Controls further prevent attacks based on unsolicited peripherals and unauthorized applications, including the launch of illegal tools. For businesses handling sensitive financial and personal data, the solution aids in compliance adherence by meeting the regulatory requirements of standards like PCI/DSS, SWIFT CSCF, and HIPAA, through centralized event management and integration with third-party SIEM capabilities.
Oleg Gorobets, Senior Global Product Marketing Manager at Kaspersky, highlighted the significance of the Linux-based security application within Kaspersky Embedded Systems Security. With an increasing number of hardware systems manufacturers opting for Linux-based platforms, this specialized solution addresses the unique security requirements and stringent data security standards of embedded systems. By offering seamless compatibility between Linux devices and older Windows machines, businesses can benefit from cost-effective architectures without compromising on security.
Kaspersky Embedded Systems Security’s Linux support underscores the company’s commitment to meeting the evolving needs of the cybersecurity landscape and providing adaptable protection solutions to safeguard critical infrastructure and businesses alike.