Virtualization

Securing Virtualized Environments and Accelerating Cloud Computing

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Executive Summary

There is no question that virtualization offers compelling tangible benefits for an IT organization. Virtualization is inevitable, and cloud computing is a new opportunity. It will mean entering the environment either from VMware or Microsoft, Intel or Cisco. If it is going to happen, the best thing one can do is develop a solid understanding of its security implications. Understand the unique risks that are introduced with virtual environments, the fact that physical boundaries are changing and are much more volatile. VMs are more vulnerable to changes due to the flexibility offered by virtualization, such as snapshots.

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