Kaspersky Eyes Mobile Device Management, System Management
Kaspersky Lab, the endpoint security company, plans to connect the dots between mobile device management (MDM), systems management and security. It’s the latest example of a security company taking a close look at MDM market opportunities, while also reaching out to managed services providers (MSPs) along the way.
Kaspersky already offers a Mobile Security software package for smart phones running Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Mobile devices. Also, Kaspersky Lab offers the Kaspersky One universal security solution for PCs, Macs, Android tablets and smart phones. But it sounds like the Kaspersky MDM effort is new and unique.
During the Kaspersky Lab 2012 North American Partner Conference today in the Bahamas, company officials said Kaspersky has been growing about 42 percent annually for the past five years, and is looking to book about &750 million in annual business for 2013, and $1 billion in annual bookings by 2014.
Yes, it sounds like Kaspersky has enough money to start considering mergers and acquisitions. But company officials at the conference downplayed M&A, saying Kaspersky Lab would instead focus on organic growth from internal R&D efforts.
I don’t know when Kaspersky Lab’s MDM efforts will yield a product for MSPs, but it’s clear that Kaspersky is already paying more attention to MSPs. VP Christopher Doggett, for instance, is set to describe Kaspersky Lab’s MSP partner program during a closed door session with partners on May 12.
Meanwhile, security rivals like Symantec and Sophos each have made MDM-related acquisitions in recent months.