Tips For Greater Virtualization Security

Posted: November 19, 2013 in Articles
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Virtualization SecurityThis article provides some helpful tips that will increase security for those using virtualization technology.

With the benefits involved in the evolution of technology, there are also potential pit falls. Despite how much easier life has become with the world’s information at our fingertips, there are those who are exploiting this market in order to profit from innocent and simply unprotected people. There are a vast number of configuration options that security and system administrators need to understand, with an additional layer of complicated settings that should really be managed by an operations team.

Virtualization securities also connect to network infrastructure and storage networks, requiring meticulous planning with regard to multiple user permissions, adjustable access controlling and traditional security tasks. There is a wide range of reasons to invest in virtualization security. These are not limited to the sake of privacy, but also safety reasons and financial security.

Increasing the Sufficiency of Your Server:

This is one of the top reasons that any individual or business invests in virtualization security. Upon implementing server-side virtualization, you are getting much more efficient use of your computing systems. This also saves money for you on energy and cooling costs. Virtualization can also improve application performance and responsiveness and increase the efficiency of data center resources.

These modules can quickly and easily expand the platform to ensure server, application, and data security across physical, virtual, and cloud servers, as well as virtual desktops.

Assistance with Software Development:

Virtualization security allows each individual the opportunity to lower costs by eliminating the need to spend even more money on additional hardware. Decreasing you expenditures has never been a bad thing. Even development teams save time by not having to endure the lengthy process of requisitioning new servers. Many industrial systems, such as programmable logic controllers and motion controllers, will need a mix of low-latency, deterministic responses and user interfaces complete with fully functioning features. Virtualization can provide systems with the ability to simultaneously run real-time and general-purpose operating systems, and do so with multi-core processors.

Security Testing and Updates:

Virtualization makes it the complex task of testing software updates easy, and dealing with security patches prior to their deployment on live systems has never been easier.

Virtualization security can help you protect physical, virtual, and cloud servers. It can also safeguard important enterprise applications and data from breaches and business disruptions without requiring emergency patching. Hundreds of software vulnerabilities are exposed every day, causing thousands of dollars in patching expenses, which are prone to error and often impossible. Virtual patching solutions deliver immediate protection while eliminating the dreaded task of handling emergency patching, costly system downtime and frequent patch cycles. Virtual patching keeps your servers, endpoints protected while preventing costly emergency patching, and upgrades, and at the same time, it can help you narrow the chances of a breach and the related disclosure costs. It can even help extend the life of systems and applications. Security professionals have finally recognized what is new and adapt accordingly with their security practices to accommodate. If not, virtualization will pose significant security risk. Their updated specifications acknowledge that without appropriate technology and training, virtualization systems will be cause for large network gaps.

These gaps can include things like unprotected network, loss of controls, breakdowns in the separation of duties or escalations of privileges without permission. Virtualization security can address all of these issues while reducing the cost to the client, yet keeping the complexity required to be efficient.

Kim Gurki is a supporter of the Open Virtualization Alliance and advocates security measures among virtualized systems and programs to increase the safe use of virtualized data transfer and storage. Kim wrote this post in an effort to make people more aware of the risks involved with virtualization technology, as well as the steps that can be taken to descrease risk.

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