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November 2013 Vol. 15 / No. 9

Virtualization security dynamics get old

 "The future is already here  --  it's just not very evenly distributed."   -- William Gibson In 2008 at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, I presented the results of two years' worth of security research. "The Four Horsemen of the Virtualization [Security] Apocalypse" sought to educate the Black Hat audience about the past, present and future of the intersection of virtualization and security. The presentation focused rather ruthlessly on the operational realities of how virtualized compute, storage and networking were fundamentally disrupting security; hence, the "Four Horsemen" rephrased succinctly: Consolidating physical appliance functions, and reconstituting them as a monolithic virtual appliance, will yield poorly performing solutions that are incapable of scale and difficult to manage. If virtual security solutions are not properly integrated with a virtual platform's security functionality and its orchestration systems, then performance, resiliency and scalability will suffer. Complex, highly available ...

Features in this issue

  • Virtualization security dynamics get old

    by  Chris Hoff

    Companies have embraced virtualization and cloud computing, but security is still bolted-on. Here's what needs to change.

  • Beyond the Page: Virtual security

    by  Christofer Hoff

    In the November 2013 Beyond the Page on virtual security, Chris Hoff examines the challenges infosec pros face in finding the right security strategy for their enterprise network.

  • Eliminating black hat bargains

    by  Robert Lemos

    Enterprises cannot always keep attackers out of their networks. Instead, defense-in-depth strategies aim to raise the cost to black hats -- in terms of time and money.

Columns in this issue

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