Virtualization vendors not in the security business, says Citrix CTO

Simon Crosby, chief technology officer of Citrix Systems explains why virtualization security should be the job of security vendors.

While virtualization vendors will do their role in protecting the hypervisor, they are not in the business of catching bad guys or discovering vulnerabilities, said Simon Crosby, chief technology officer of Citrix Systems. Independent security vendors will play a critical role in protecting virtual environments, he said. "The industry has already decided a long time ago that third party vendors are required to secure any platform," Crosby said. In this interview, Crosby agrees that using virtual technology introduces new complexities and security issues. He said the uncertainties will be addressed once the industry matures.



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