Kaspersky has just released their very own Operating System by the name – KasperskyOS, designed to be completely secure for a business process and to keep things running smoothly without any risk.
What’s so good about this OS?
This OS is designed specifically for running applications, that require a bit more security and streamlined interfaces so that there are no hiccups occurred as it runs on traditional operating systems like Windows or Linux. Since those OSes are used for general purpose use, KasperskyOS is made specifically for security, from the ground up.
Is it just another Linux Clone?
This particular OS has been built from scratch, meaning that it probably uses only a line of Linux code, but has a completely different framework and system architecture. It has been designed to primarily work for hardware developers, applications for the internet of things (IoT) and other very specific toolsets, but catered more towards a secure environment of functionality. It does this by instructing the micro-kernel, which controls much of the system’s functions and instructs it to do only very specific functions, and nothing else. Making the application not falter in any way since it has only been directed to do a specific set of functions at any given time. At its core, it’s security protocols are designed to prevent any form of cyber-attack or virus from spreading.
Suffice to say, it’s not meant for the general public to use.
What else does it offer?
Since it is made for the programming market, it can easily accommodate any other OS that wants to make use of its security – like Linux. It is quite flexible and can probably host a couple of Operating Systems without a hassle, by treating them as guest OSes. It can run third-party code onto its own platform, so software developers and engineers can practice as much as they want on this OS without fears of system crashes and shutdowns or leaks, as long as they know what they are doing. The code however, has to match a certain strength of policies that is programmed into the KasperskyOS, following guidelines so as to maintain the integrity and the security of the code for application.
How can someone get a hold of this OS?
Right now, there is no particular software package available. It will be available through vendors who deal in the internet of things and IoT related devices like networking equipment as well as automation systems and other smart devices. Kaspersky is establishing manufacture relations so that it can bundle systems with this OS. The supported architecture that is required to run this OS is Pentium II or higher and 8MB of RAM or more. For networking, a Realtek RTL8139 and Intel i82580 set-up is required. For ARM based CPUs, an ARMv7 architecture or higher is all that will be needed, along with just 8MB of RAM or more. This means, even mobile systems will be able to utilize the KasperskyOS as well!
The OS was codenamed 11-11 since it was first conceived on November 11. Manufacturers looking to take security measures to their existing software could really use Kaspersky’s expertise.