Cloud Computing Security: 10 Tips for Protecting Virtual Systems

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-11-21 Print this article Print
Traditional Security Controls Still Apply

Traditional Security Controls Still Apply

It may seem obvious, but many administrators forget to enforce basic security procedures and processes as they transition to a virtual setting. Antivirus, antispyware, firewall and intrusion prevention must be available on the server and host virtual platforms. Be careful, however, as these important security updates may create a storm-like environment that causes an unintentional denial of service.


More and more enterprises are moving to server and desktop virtualization to conserve power, cooling, rack space, computing power, storage, and networking—all the things eWEEK has been writing about for years. The broadest trend in all of IT during the last decade is about "smaller but more powerful, more efficient, and easier to use." As one might imagine, security becomes even more strategic as enterprises move from physical to virtual spaces and more business is done in the cloud. But, as with most disruptive IT, there are strings attached. While virtual machines and cloud services are so easy to create and deploy, they also come with a high number of additional security headaches. It's one thing to have a physical box in a room to secure, but it's quite another to try to effectively secure a multitude of VMs running randomly in the cloud. The same goes for accessing public cloud services; security problems come intertwined and data center managers and C-level executives need to be aware of all the risks. In this slideshow, produced by eWEEK with information from Stonesoft network security, we offer 10 ways to fortify the security of data assets in virtual and cloud-based computing environments.


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