Ferrari opted for Kaspersky because the internet security specialist could meet its special requirements (Photo: Ferrari)

Kaspersky Lab will become the primary IT security provider to race car maker Ferrari.

The internet security specialist, which has been sponsoring Ferrari since 2010, said it has signed a new five-year commercial agreement to deliver endpoint IT security to the car brand.

The two companies worked closely together in tailoring the software to Ferrari's specific needs. The product will initially be installed on 4,000 Ferrari computers. By next year, protection will be offered to the brand's entire application landscape.

Ferrari CIO Vittorio Boero said he chose Kaspersky because it was able to offer special customized options to the company. "We’re looking forward to further develop our partnership in the technological field and hope that this 5-year deal is just the first stage,” he said in a press release.

The Kaspersky software will run on Ferrari computers controlling production lines as well as on employees’ tablets and smartphones. The race car maker has imposed stringent IT security requirements to protect production processes and ensure the safety of its drivers during races.

Alexander Erofeev, Kaspersky's chief marketing officer, said the IT security specialist wants to grow in the b2b market. It launched a new product for this - Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business - in January.

"This solution provides the industry’s best defence against advanced malware and cybercrime," Erofeev said. "Its high levels of efficiency and seamless manageability make it an ideal way to protect business-critical data.”