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DarkReading covers BlueLane's Virtual Shield

We covered the VirtualShield from BlueLane a few days back. Now DarkReading covers BlueLane as well.

The Gartner report says virtual machines may be convenient, but they also bring with them "embedded vulnerabilities and require special consideration for patching and updates." Gartner recommends building security into VM implementations, and watching out for the common security "holes" in VM environments:

  • The separation of duties for administrative tasks, which can lead to opening security holes in VMs

  • Patching, signature updates, and protection from tampering with offline VM and VM "appliance" images

  • Limited view into the host operating system and virtual network, which prevents finding vulnerabilities

  • Limited view for IPSes of inter-VM traffic

  • Security policies and settings don't necessarily follow mobile VMs
"With virtualization, just like with RFID and Web 2.0, security wasn't baked in from the beginning," Gartner's MacDonald says. "It was an afterthought."

I agree with Neil here though. Well there can be violations at many levels. And there is no one on this planet except VMware who has been collecting data from all their clients for the past couple of years. This data is crucial. Firms like Reflex VSA, BlueLane are doing their best to address this issue.

Anyways read it here and also go ahead a give a shot at the VirtualShield today.


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