In simple terms, virtualisation software allows you to run multiple operating systems on a single machine at the same time. Virtualisation technology is gaining popularity due to the benefits it offers in terms of reduced costs and increased operational efficiency and flexibility. However, this technology introduces a virtualisation layer that itself becomes a potential avenue of attack for the virtual services being hosted. Because a single host system can house multiple virtual machines, the security of that host becomes critical in maintaining the confidentiality, integrity and availability of your systems and data.
In our experience this immature technology is often poorly understood, and rarely implemented correctly in enterprise environments without jeopardising the organisations security posture. There are a number of security considerations which differ from the physical world, including but not limited to:
Sense of Security has been invited to speak and presented on virtualisation security to the following forums:
Sense of Security are Australia's leading virtualisation security consultancy. We can show you how to implement virtualisation security effectively and realise the benefits.