It’s time we re-examine virtual security practices

It's time we re-examine virtual security practices

We’ve been hearing about the potential benefits of using a security solution designed specifically for virtual environments for a few years.

Unfortunately, many infosec departments continue to protect virtual environments with traditional, or legacy, approaches. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, something many see as “good enough,” the fact is traditional security doesn’t cut it, and exposes you to risk. To put a finer point on it, not adopting VM-focused solutions has the added impact of taking away those hard earned efficiency gains, promised by a virtual environment.

With more data centers in the cloud than ever, waiting around to address this problem is no longer feasible. Just look at what happened with the VENOM exploit — a vulnerability that put millions of virtual machines at risk — and you’ll see that hackers have started to attack these ubiquitous virtual machines in sophisticated new ways.

Now that virtualization has become the norm  it’s time we re-examined the need for better, virtual-specific modes of keeping your servers safe and secure.

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Virtual Desktops Get the Security Once-Over From Trend Micro & VMware

Two technology leaders team up to make virtual desktops as secure as physical ones.

Fresh off the success of server virtualization, organizations everywhere are taking the next big step to cloud computing migration, pulling the OS and applications off their physical desktops and managing OS, applications and data virtually.

Like other virtualization before it, desktop virtualization – or VDI – goes a long way to addressing the big elephants in the data center: cost, complexity and security.

On the security front in particular, Trend Micro – the leader in virtualization security – has teamed up with VMware to offer organizations security that’s specifically optimized for virtual desktop environments. That’s important because by sticking with traditional security solutions, enterprises risk limiting their consolidation rates and reducing system performance, not to mention spending a lot more time managing the solution without the confidence that virtual workloads and data are adequately protected. All this can mean compromising the success of a desktop virtualization project.

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Mind The Data Protection Gap [Symantec]

It’s time to take backup of virtual environments seriously.

While virtualization makes almost everything easier in the data center, one area that’s fallen behind is backup. In fact, in 2011, Symantec identified customers taking shortcuts to protecting information in physical and virtual environments, as if virtual systems were less important and companies were willing to lose them.

That could mean some major failures in data center recovery in the months and years ahead, if something doesn’t change.

Here are some simple steps organizations can take to centralize backup and recovery of physical and virtual server environments: [Read more…]