About protection profiles

13 December 2023

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The following protection profiles are provided in Kaspersky Security policies:

  • The main protection profile is automatically created when a policy is created. Although the main protection profile cannot be deleted, you can edit its settings.
  • You can create additional protection profiles after creating a policy. Additional protection profiles let you flexibly configure different protection settings for different virtual machines within the protected infrastructure. A policy can contain multiple additional protection profiles.

You can configure the following settings in protection profiles:

  • Security level. You can select one of the preset security levels (High, Recommended, Low) or configure your own security level (Custom). The security level defines the following scan settings:
    • Scanning of archives, self-unpacking archives, embedded OLE objects, and compound files
    • Restriction on file scan duration
    • List of objects to detect
  • Action that Kaspersky Security performs after detecting infected files.
  • Protection scope (scanning of network drives during protection of virtual machines).
  • Exclusions from protection (by name, by file extension or path, by file mask or path to the folder containing files to be skipped).

A protection profile can be assigned to an individual VMware virtual infrastructure object or to the root element of the protected infrastructure, represented by a Cloud Director organization. By default, a protection profile assigned to the root element of a protected infrastructure is inherited by all child elements of the protected infrastructure (virtual machines and their combinations).

Protection profiles are also inherited according to the hierarchy of VMware virtual infrastructure objects: the protection profile assigned to a virtual infrastructure object is inherited by all of its child objects, including virtual machines, unless the child object/virtual machine has been assigned its own protection profile or unless the child object/virtual machine has been excluded from protection. This means that you can either assign a specific protection profile to a virtual machine, or let it inherit the protection profile that is used by its parent object.

Only one protection profile may be assigned to a single virtual infrastructure object. Kaspersky Security protects virtual machines according to the settings that are specified in the protection profile assigned to these virtual machines.

Virtual infrastructure objects that have no assigned protection profile are excluded from protection.

If you exclude a virtual infrastructure object from protection, all child objects that inherited the protection profile from the parent object are also excluded from protection. You can exclude from protection all child objects that have their own protection profile assigned, or leave them under the protection of the application.

Protection profile inheritance makes it possible to assign identical protection settings to multiple virtual machines simultaneously. For example, you can assign identical protection profiles to all virtual machines that are part of a virtual Datacenter.

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