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.
Listen to the program:
- IBM makes push into virtualization security with Phantom
Big Blue said its research teams would contribute to development of technologies and best practices to secure virtual environments.
- New virtual switch integrates with multiple security vendors
Montego Networks says its HyperSwitch will integrate virtual network policy enforcement and access control into security products from Blue Lane, Catbird, and StillSecure.
- Expert Answer: Is desktop virtualization a realistic enterprise option?
Today the endless release of upgrades, patches and other updates has made maintaining even a handful of desktop PCs a time-consuming task.
- The security benefits and risks of virtualization
IT shops are looking at virtualization as a way to improve data security and make patch deployments more efficient. But IT pros and analysts say there are security risks as well.