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Greg Ness on changing landscape of security: NetSec and VirtSec

I love reading Greg's posts. He is way ahead of the vision that needs to not only be evangelized but also seriously considered.

So unlike those betting on telegraphs and typewriters and other remembrances of things past, today’s security experts have every reason in the world to see the emergence of virtsec as a distant cloud on the horizon. Unfortunately, we need their focus and attention. We need them to be involved in the virtualization of production environments. Their intimate working knowledge of netsec is needed now more than ever.



"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers" (Watson- 1943) will soon be eclipsed by “virtualization won’t change anything” at the top of the list of bad predictions preserved for time immemorial. I still hear it from various technology experts, especially those with deep-rooted knowledge in network security, and that troubles me.



Many of these network security pundits are about to be swept up in a wave of fluff virtsec (virtualization security) product announcements from mainstream security hardware vendors in 2008. I know it is coming. I’ve seen the same pattern over and over again across industries. Different companies, different industries, same behavior: stall a disruptive development with noise and confusion until you’re ready to service it. Enlist armies of status quo thinkers to freeze the market.


Greg is the VP, Marketing for Bluelane, the award winning security firm that specializes in securing virtual and physical IT infrastructures.

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