Who Moved My Virtual Firewall?

 
 
By Lawrence Walsh  |  Posted 2009-06-23
 
 
 

Virtualization can compress data center footprints, decrease power costs and reduce staffing needs. Whether talking about the various products by VMware, Microsoft or Citrix, it is fast becoming the cure-all for IT woes, and that could spell trouble for security managers and solution providers.

Virtualization evangelists are pushing for a complete virtualization of all IT assets. They want file servers, storage arrays, desktops and applications virtualized to lower costs, increase manageability, improve optimization and extend the life of existing equipment. Before long, you'll start seeing security applications and appliances folded into this virtualized schema.

Security experts have long warned about the security threats posed to infrastructures by attacking the hypervisor-the control layer of the virtualized environment. If a hacker can take over the hypervisor, he can control the entire virtualized network. But, as security maven Chris Hoff warns, the real threat may come from poor management.

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