Release: 5nine Security for Microsoft Hyper-V with built-in Security and Compliance Scanner v1.0 – UPDATED

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, November 19th, 2013   |  

5nine has released a free version of its 5nine Security product, called 5nine Security for Microsoft Hyper-V with built-in Security and Compliance Scanner v1.0. 5nine Security for Hyper-V Free provides a host-based / agent-less security solution for virtual machines running on top of Hyper-V. The product is also availble in paid versions (Standard and Datacenter editions) which ofcourse provide more functionality, as detailed in this product comparison.

The solution provides anti-virus and anti-mailware scanning for hosts and virtual machines, a virtual firewall, and control over each VM – which are controlled using a centralized management console, via PowerShell of via WCF APIs. The built-in Security and Compliance Scanner will help you to investigate present and potential security problems on your server. It also performs an aggressive anti-malware scan on a server during the overall scanning process. Upon scan completion Security and Compliance Scanner provides detailed reports on each identified security issue.

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On the website of 5nine the company states the following about its agentless approach:”Thanks to its innovative agentless design, which installs nothing on the virtual machine itself aside from a VM Active Protection Agent”. Whether this means that an agent (the VM Active Protection Agent) needs to be installed within the VM is unclear, especially since 5Nine states that this a agentless solution. A slide in a white paper actually explains that the installation of an agent is optional in case you need it.

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Update: 5nine explained that the Free 5nine Security for Microsoft Hyper-V with built-in Security and Compliance Scanner  does not have a possibility to put a VM Active Protection Agent in. It only performs completely agentless full system anti-virus scans. VM Active Protection Agent is currently only available in the paid version of 5nine Security for Hyper-V Standard and is expected to become available for the Datacenter edition in December this year.


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