Petr Merkulov, vice president technology alliances division at Kaspersky Lab, told CRN in an interview, malware growth was one of the reasons why the vendor chose to extend its 2004 Juniper relationship.
The recent agreement now includes the integration of KAV into Juniper Networks SRX Series Services Gateways and J Series Services Routers.
Merkulov said the partnership will see both vendors push out security on the perimeter to additional customers.
"Given the trend of constant rapid malware growth, this type of protection is becoming mandatory," he said.
"More customers are better protected, as the anti-virus option is now available for a much broader range of gateway, networking and security solutions by Juniper."
Merkulov told CRN local Juniper channel partners will benefit from the ability to offer anti-virus protection with a much broader range of solution.
"As a result, they can serve more customers and groups," he said.
"We believe this strategic partnership with Juniper has the potential to open up opportunities for corporate business through joint channel marketing initiatives we are putting in place together with Juniper."
KL and Juniper officially announced their co-operation agreement back in September 2004, and first devices (SSG series) with Kaspersky anti-virus onboard appeared on the market in the second half of 2005.