Just under half of UK businesses believe their virtual servers are more secure than physical ones.
Research from Kaspersky Lab found that 42 per cent of businesses view their virtual servers as more secure than the physical counterparts. The survey of 100 businesses also found that a third of companies only invest in security for physical environments, and that their knowledge of virtualisation was ‘basic'.
Peter Beardmore, senior director of products and services at Kaspersky Lab, said: “There is no doubt that the business benefits of virtualisation are huge – both in terms of cost and accessibility. But underestimating the security risks puts businesses of all sizes in a perilous position.
“The lack of knowledge shown by IT professionals is the main culprit, so businesses really need to invest in understanding the concept of virtualisation. Basic knowledge is simply not sufficient when the security of your business is at stake. The industry needs to wake up to this situation and invest in adequate security solutions alongside a comprehensive education programme.”
Kaspersky Lab has developed Kaspersky Security for Virtualisation for companies that want to utilise the productivity and efficiency benefits of virtual IT.
It said that the new solution integrates with the rest of Kaspersky Lab's corporate security suite so users have a single, unified management and security platform across their entire virtual, physical and mobile environments. This can also be managed centrally from Kaspersky Security Centre 9, according to the company.