Virtualization Security

Virtualization security, or virtual-aware security, is required to secure sever and computing systems that are virtualized. A virtual machine (VM) is one simulating desktop or server network resources to create a virtual version in which the framework is divided into one or more execution environments.1

If you’ve joined or are planning to join the multitudes looking to virtualization and the cloud for cost and agility, you probably have concerns about security and it slowing you down. With the rapid provisioning, agility, and mobility afforded by cloud computing and virtualization, you may not always know where your data is or who can access it.

Two things make a virtual security “Crisis” new and unique:

  • The Crisis/MORCUT malware specifically seeks out the presence of virtual machines and tries to infect them.
  • The malware infects the virtual machine through the underlying infrastructure rather than entering the VM through conventional means like remote network/web access or file shares.2

Traditional agent-based security is a poor choice for virtual environments because of the dynamic nature of virtual machines. With traditional antivirus if a guest VM is not online during the deployment or updating of security software, it will lie dormant in an unprotected state and be instantly vulnerable when it does come online.

Virtualization security meanwhile, sits at the hypervisor layer, and protects all the VMs on the host without having to deploy an agent to each virtual machine.

Virtual machines, just like physical machines, are certainly no stranger to malware infections through unpatched flaws in the guest OS/apps, through user-targeted social engineering techniques, or brute-force cyber-attacks. The best way to maintain security and optimize performance is with a single security platform that delivers consistent protection across all platforms–physical, virtual, cloud.

Trend Micro Deep Security™, the industry’s first agentless antivirus for VMware environments, protects applications and data from breaches and business disruptions without requiring emergency patching.

Trend Micro SecureCloud™ provides data protection for public and private clouds and your VMware vSphere virtual environments. It allows you to validate the identity and integrity of servers requesting encryption keys and specify where and when your encrypted data can be accessed.

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