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Security the Focus of Kaseya 8

Kaseya this week issued another core platform release and this month will open a beta program for some additional functionality.

"With 8, we have shifted the focus to security," said Yogesh Gupta, CEO of Kaseya, in a telephone interview.

Release 8, which became generally available on Tuesday, is the latest of Kaseya's regularly scheduled releases. Since joining the MSP remote monitoring and management (RMM) and IT systems management tool vendor in the summer of 2013, Gupta has kept Kaseya to a development cycle built around releases every January, May and September.

The Kaseya 8 release comes on the heels of the company's acquisition of Scorpion Software, a security company focused on two-factor authentication, password management and single sign-on.

For now MSPs and other customers looking to use the Scorpion technology alongside the core Release 8 must license AuthAnvil separately. Integration is scheduled for a future release. Nonetheless, Kaseya is simultaneously shipping  new releases of all three AuthAnvil products -- Single Sign On, Two-Factor Authentication and Password Server.

A major new security feature in Kaseya's core management platform comes in an enhancement to Kaseya Remote Control. The component now allows administrators to work privately on remote servers and workstations so that people near the target machine can't see what is being done.

Other new features include the ability for administrators to isolate and view individual Terminal Server sessions, improvements to Office 365 management and tighter integration between the main dashboard and Kaseya Traverse Service Level Management.

The beta launching this month is for integrated enterprise mobile management (EMM). The design goal for Kaseya's EMM is combined mobile device management and bring your own device features within Kaseya's core management platform.

According to Kaseya's roadmap, the company intends to be able to roll the EMM functionality into Release 9 of the platform in January 2015.

Posted by Scott Bekker on September 30, 2014


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