Trend Micro, Symantec and Hewlett-Packard join the list of companies talking virtualization at RSA.
Several companies are using this year's RSA
Conference to highlight their focus on virtualization security.
With the show just two days under way, a number of vendors had made
announcements with an eye toward protecting
. Among these companies were Symantec, Trend Micro and
Hewlett-Packard, all of which announced additions to their virtualization road maps.
In Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 (SEP 12), the company has added the
ability to whitelist baseline images, randomize scans and updates, and
automatically identify and manage virtual clients.
"[Virtualization] is becoming a lot more mainstream, and the security
requirements are also changing from what is required to secure or lock down a
physical server to what it takes to lock down a virtual server," said
Ashish Mohindroo, senior director of product marketing at Symantec, in a
conversation with eWEEK before the conference. "It has become more
complex, and we believe your virtual infrastructure servers have become more
susceptible to attacks because now you're doing virtual sharing between virtual
images, now you're encrypting these virtual images. How you manage these
virtual images ... and also how you minimize resource impact on your server."
The product, which is powered by Symantec's cloud-based reputation
technology and includes a number of other capabilities around data protection,
is still in beta.
Trend Micro announced Deep Security 7.5 Update 1, an update to the initial
release from August 2010. According to Trend Micro, the update offers
performance enhancements to enable its Deep Security virtual appliance to
provide agentless intrusion detection and prevention using VMware vShield
Endpoint for higher virtual machine density levels.
Hewlett-Packard, meanwhile, revealed plans to work with VMware on intrusion prevention
system (IPS) solutions optimized for VMware
vSphere-based virtual and cloud environments. The idea is to integrate HP
TippingPoint IPS with VMware vShield and
VMware vCloud Director to deliver unified security management and automate
scanning, detection and blocking capabilities.
The companies also plan to jointly market a software and hardware solution
that combines the HP TippingPoint vController with VMware vShield App and
vShield Edge products.
"With the growth of virtualization and cloud
computing, security requirements have never been more complex and critical to
our clients," said Alan Kessler, vice president and general manager for
the Security Products Organization at HP, in a statement. "Building
upon HP's global strategic alliance with VMware, this expanded relationship is
designed to deliver additional innovative security technology for a converged
infrastructure, providing protection that is automatic and seamless for our