Kaspersky is responding to the growing threat of unsecured devices with its KasperskyOS (KOS), a secure operating system that the company has been working on for 14 years.
Today, there are not only more internet-connected devices in sheer absolute numbers, but there are also more different kinds of devices than ever before. In particular, there are more “hidden” devices, such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices, webcams, routers, and the like that don’t always get the same attention as our PCs when it comes to security.
KasperskyOS aims to provide a practical an accessible solution for IoT, industrial, network, and other internet-connected devices with a secure operating system. The new solution is made up of three products, including KOS, a standalone secure hypervisor (KSH) for running virtual machines, and a system for secure interaction between OS components (KSS).
Kaspersky was quick to point out in the blog post that KasperskyOS is not just another Linux distribution. In fact, as he puts it, “It’s literally not Linux; there’s not a single string of Linux code in it. We designed the OS from scratch, for different applications and purposes.” It’s also not a product that’s bought off the shelf, but rather one that will be priced and configured based on the needs of specific customers.