What's new

Kaspersky Security Center 12 includes several new features and improvements.

Kaspersky Security Center 12.1

Kaspersky Security Center 12.1 now works with Microsoft Windows 10 20H1 32-bit/64-bit (Administration Server, Network Agent, Administration Console, and Kaspersky Security Center 12.1 Web Console).

Kaspersky Security Center 12.1 Web Console

The following features are added to the Kaspersky Security Center 12.1 Web Console:

  • Work with cloud environments

    You can deploy Kaspersky Security Center in cloud environments such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud (this requires a special license). You can run the Cloud Environment Configuration Wizard, which performs the initial protection configuration for the cloud devices, and perform other operations with the cloud segments; you can also create Backup of the Administration Server data task using a DBMS located in a cloud environment.

  • Remote connection to a client device:
  • You can obtain remote access to the desktop of a client device through a Network Agent installed on the device (remote connection to a device through the Network Agent is possible even if the TCP and UDP ports of the client device are closed) or through Windows Desktop Sharing. In both cases, you must have a Kaspersky utility named klsctunnel.

  • Remote diagnostics of client devices

    You can perform remote diagnostics of the client devices. You can work with trace files, download system information and event logs, start and stop applications on a client device, and generate reports. You might have to perform these operations, for example, if a Technical Support specialist asks you to do so.

  • Using a list of IP addresses of the devices for moving these devices to an administration group

    You can make a list of the IP addresses of the devices that you want to move from one administration group to another one, and then use this list at one of the steps of the Move Devices Wizard.

  • Forcing synchronization for multiple devices

    If you have to know for certain whether synchronization has already been performed for several specified devices, you might want to force synchronization for these devices, as well as for a single device.

  • Interface improvements:
    • Selection of language is now available at the login page.
    • The hierarchical view of the devices is now stored in the Devices menu even after you switch to other interface elements.

Kaspersky Security Center 12 Web Console

The following improvements are made to the Kaspersky Security Center Web Console:

  • Effective settings of installed Kaspersky applications and the time of their last change are displayed in the device properties. The time where the last update was delivered to the device is now also displayed in the properties.
  • Reports are now organized into thematic groups. This speeds searching for the required report.
  • Hierarchy of Administration Servers between Kaspersky Security Center installed in your network and Kaspersky Security Center Cloud Console is also supported. You can connect your Kaspersky Security Center Administration Server as a slave to Kaspersky Security Center Cloud Console Administration Server (however, the connection of a Kaspersky Security Center Cloud Console Administration Server to a Server deployed on your network as a slave is not available).
  • The elements of the interface that are not supported by the current license are not displayed.
  • The list of plug-ins is displayed in the Console settings menu.
  • The flag icon, which notifies the user about unread notifications, is now more noticeable.

KasperskyOS for Thin Client management

Kaspersky Security Center allows you to manage devices with KasperskyOS for Thin Client 1.0 installed. The following features are available:

  • KasperskyOS for Thin Client 1.0 is displayed as the operating system in the properties of the device.
  • You can manage devices running KasperskyOS for Thin Client 1.0 through policies.
  • The Administration Server processes events from devices running KasperskyOS for Thin Client 1.0.
  • Notifications about updates for KasperskyOS for Thin Client 1.0 are available.
  • The certificates that ensure the secure data transfer between the thin client and the Administration Server are installed automatically to the managed thin clients.

For more information about KasperskyOS for Thin Client management, please refer to KasperskyOS for Thin Client 1.0 documentation.

Migration to Kaspersky Security Center Cloud Console

If you want, you can use Migration Wizard to switch from Kaspersky Security Center installed in your network to Kaspersky Security Center Cloud Console. Migration is possible, if you have Kaspersky Security Center Web Console installed, the Administration Server is version 12, and all Network Agent instances installed on managed devices are version 10 Service Pack 3 or later.

Support of encryption management in the hierarchy of Administration Servers

Encrypted managed devices can now move between Administration Servers. For example, if a user of such a device visits a local office with a slave Administration Server, the user's device connects to the slave Administration Server, and when this user comes back to the main office, the device connects to the master Administration Server.

Network Agent

In the Network Agent properties window, you can view information about hardware installed on the client devices running Linux.

Kaspersky security applications for macOS and for Linux can now be installed automatically via Network Agent.

SIEM export

The "Engine" and "Method" fields for virus activity events are now transferred to SIEM systems. The following new SIEM systems are supported:

  • IBM QRadar 7.3
  • Micro Focus ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager 7.0

MariaDB support

You can use MariaDB, an open-source database, as an alternative database for Kaspersky Security Center Administration Server in the same way that you work with MySQL.

Integration

OpenAPI methods list is expanded. The following has been added:

  • Encryption management
  • Vulnerability and Patch Management
  • Enhanced policy and policy profile management
  • Enhanced task management

For information about OpenAPI methods, refer to the kscopenapi.chm file, which is included in the distribution kit.

Support of new Kaspersky applications

Kaspersky Security Center now works with Kaspersky Sandbox and Kaspersky Embedded Systems Security.

Kaspersky no longer supports Kaspersky Safe Browser.

Support of new operating systems and other third-party software

You can install Kaspersky Security Center on the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10 Enterprise 2019 LTSC (Kaspersky Security Center 12 Web Console Server, Network Agent, Administration Server)
  • Windows Server 2019 Core (Kaspersky Security Center 12 Web Console Server, Network Agent, Administration Server)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 8.x, 64-bit (Kaspersky Security Center 12 Web Console Server, Network Agent)
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 (all Service Packs), 64-bit (Kaspersky Security Center 12 Web Console Server, Network Agent)
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 15 (all Service Packs), 64-bit (Network Agent)
  • macOS Catalina (10.15) (Network Agent only)

The following virtualization platforms are now supported:

  • VMware vSphere 6.7
  • VMware Workstation Pro 15
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2019
  • Citrix XenServer 8.x
  • Parallels Desktop 14
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.x (Windows guest login only)

The following database servers are now supported:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Express
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2019 on Windows (all editions)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2019 on Linux (all editions)

Work with Google Cloud

Kaspersky Security Center works with Google Cloud using Google API (Application Programming Interface). You now can deploy the Administration Server in the Google Cloud environment, create a database, and protect Google virtual machines. You can use Cloud Environment Configuration Wizard to provide your Google Cloud credentials to Kaspersky Security Center.

Other improvements

Report generation has improved: if a slave Administration Server in a hierarchy is unavailable, it is stated explicitly in the report.

The Change Tasks Password Wizard is implemented. You can automatically replace the old password with a new one in all tasks in which the account is specified. Alternatively, you can make the replacement manually in the properties of each task.