Posts Tagged ‘virtualization and cloud’
Posted By: Darren Bonawitz, principal of 1102 GRAND
Virtualization is very common in today’s data center environment and in companies of all sizes and vertical markets. While this can potentially be a great cost-savings strategy due to the inherent benefits, there are some “gotchas” to watch out for including security. If you are thinking about virtualization or are already actively utilizing it, I encourage you to check out the following article, written by Jon Brodkin of Network World, which discusses how security risks can be mitigated in virtualized systems.
“Virtualization is not inherently insecure. However, most virtualized workloads are being deployed insecurely.”
That’s what Gartner analyst Neil MacDonald wrote earlier this year in a report titled “Addressing the Most Common Security Risks in Data Center Virtualization Projects.”
Planning for virtualization projects should always include the information security team, but according to Gartner survey data about 40% of virtualization projects were undertaken without the security team’s involvement in initial architecture and planning stages.