Catbird has updated its virtual security offerings to track virtual machines. Compatible with VMware, Citrix and Microsoft Hyper-V, VMShield 2.0 combines tracking capabilities with both activity monitoring on the network itself and continuous policy enforcement across hosts and clusters.
Catbird has updated its virtual security software platform to
allow organizations to track virtual machines as they move and ensure
security policies are continuously enforced.
Its new product, VMShield 2.0, includes technology the
company refers to as V-Tracker, which works by assigning
a unique identifier to each virtual machine.
"This identifier combines the usual attributes of the machine
- e.g., MAC address - plus other proprietary attributes that Catbird
determines through the Hypervisor APIs and our own network monitoring,"
said Michael Berman, CTO of Catbird. "This tracking enables not only
simply following a machine through vMotion but also through other
less-well behaved - and probably security breaching - virtual machine
In combination with Catbird's TrustZones policy enforcer,
virtual machines can stay monitored and protected via the Catbird
Command Center, which validates and enforces policies for all VMs
within a given TrustZone, Catbird officials
explained. Non-compliant assets are immediately shut down by
Catbird's automated quarantine mechanism.
VMShield 2.0 also provides intelligent packet filtering and
deep packet inspection to detect suspect communication with VMs
anywhere on the network or to ferret out contact with external risks
such as malware and botnet command-and-control centers. The tracking
capabilities may also help organizations deal with issues such as virtual
"It takes more than a firewall to secure virtual
infrastructure," said Rachel Chalmers, an analyst with The 451 Group,
in a statement. "Configuration errors can expose sensitive data.
Unwitting mistakes on the part of well-meaning employees can leave
organizations exposed. Products like VMshield can validate
configuration and enforce security policies even as virtualization is
changing the game."
VMShield 2.0 with V-Tracker utilizes hypervisor APIs to be
VM-aware and is designed for compatibility with VMware, Citrix
Xenserver and Microsoft Hyper-V.