Catbird's vSecurity 5.0 is built on industry-standard, network-based security technologies for a set of services protecting virtual, cloud and physical networks.
a specialist in security and compliance for virtual, cloud and physical
networks, announced the next generation of its vSecurity platform, vSecurity
5.0, which integrates directly with the hypervisor to provide automated
control, visibility and efficiency. Its vCompliance engine monitors and
enforces virtualized data center compliance with PCI, the Federal Information
Security Management Act (FISMA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and other standards for regulated
industries looking to tap into virtualized infrastructure for computing.
approach weaves together access control, intrusion detection, secure auditing
and automated protection for virtual machines, virtual networks, hypervisor
management and associated physical assets. With the release of vSecurity 5.0,
Catbird incorporates features like an event viewer, which orchestrates and
displays data culled from a range of controls, including nprobe, firewall, NAC,
IDS/IPS and other sources, to paint a picture of what each control is detecting
in real time. The event viewer provides analysis of the security posture of
each asset, as well as the interrelationships between assets, to determine
risks and vulnerabilities.
included is a compliance radar graph, a graphical gauge of a data center's
current compliance status against a particular standard that is automatically
updated in real time. The compliance radar graph automates the validation of
compliance while instantly alerting organizations to noncompliance, as well as
automatic inventories of the IT environment to populate a comprehensive asset
catalog for security monitoring and enforcement.
features include network flow mapping, which illustrates the communication
paths between objects and groups of objects, providing a view of protocols,
connections, access lists and more. Because the net flow mapping is integrated
with Catbird's automated inventory, organizations can more effectively regulate
access controls and mitigate risks from suspicious communication.
can set policies and automatically administer and enforce those policies via
vSecurity TrustZones, logical groupings of assets that share a predefined,
common set of policy and compliance rules. In this way, IT teams can be assured
of the compliance of their own virtualized data centers against third-party
standards or their own corporate governance.
vSecurity 5.0 gives us control over our entire virtual infrastructure and
network, which is crucial to the security management of the whole county,"
said Irvin Metaj, network engineer of Indiana's Madison County Government
Center, Information Technology Systems. "We manage IT for all branches of
government: law enforcement, the courts, the revenue divisions and more. With
Catbird, we know which departments are trying to access which network and
systems, can manage who can communicate with whom and now patrol unauthorized
connections. Catbird really raised our game by exposing us to best practices
for virtualization security."
vSecurity 5.0 is built on industry-standard, network-based security
technologies for a set of services protecting virtual, cloud and physical
networks. Catbird's controls include IPS/IDS, network access control,
vulnerability monitoring, compliance enforcement, policy management, configuration
management and access control in a single solution. vSecurity 5.0 includes
vCompliance for automated, real-time compliance monitoring and enforcement with
integrated workflow and reporting; VMshield for monitoring and enforcing
policies and rules on virtual machines to block malicious network activity
directed at the specific asset from any source; and Hypervisor Shield for
monitoring and controlling access, detecting malicious network activity and
validating configurations of the hypervisor management network.
has revolutionized all aspects of data center computing, including security.
With vSecurity 5.0, our customers benefit from the economic and technical
advantages of virtualization," said Edmundo Costa, CEO of Catbird. "From
the U.S. Department of Defense to some of the largest credit card processors in
North America, vSecurity automates the security and compliance process,
enabling broader and deeper use of virtualization and cloud computing. Catbird
customers can virtualize more assets, virtualize more quickly and improve
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.