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Security Challenges In Virtualized Environment

As the mainstream continues to adopt virtualization into their IT environments, the question of IT security still comes up. In fact, some worry that security might even pose a bigger problem within a virtualized environment.

Research specialist, emedia, recently used its RapidResearch service to conduct an email survey to find out more about some of the challenges virtualization adopters are facing.

The survey indicates that over half (52%) of respondents are saying virtualization systems introduce some new security challenges. The main ones amongst those mentioned, include consideration for patching and update (32%), guest-to-guest attacks (27%), and the addition of new host software (22%).

Interestingly, the later the implementation of the technology is scheduled for, the more apprehensive IT professionals seems to be. emedia’s survey shows that 51% of current users think that virtualization poses some new risks, rising to 57% amongst those planning to use the new solution within the next 6 months and 66% amongst those adopting it within the next 6 to 18 months.

David Clark, managing director at emedia, concludes their findings saying, “The advantages of virtualization appear to be tantalising but it seems that IT managers approach it with caution.”

And for many who are highly interested and concerned with security, there is no better place to go to find out more information than Black Hat. The next event is taking place now through August 2, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

The Black Hat Briefings bring together a unique mix in security: the best minds from government agencies and global corporations with the most respected independent researchers and hackers. Topics at these forums are diverse and range from RFID Security, Windows Vista Exploits, Forensics and Anti-Forensics, Root-Kits, Zero Day Vulnerabilities, Anomaly Detection, Hardware Hacking and much more. Virtualization is also becoming a favorite topic at these forums.

Microsoft’s own Brandon Baker, security developer on the Windows kernel team, will be presenting a must see session called, “Kick Ass Hypervisoring: Windows Server Virtualization”. In it he will be discussing things such as Windows Server Virtualization architecture and components, how Windows Server Virtualization virtualizes the CPU and enforces virtual machine isolation, best practices for Windows Server Virtualization deployment and hardware futures (ex. TXP from Intel, SVM from AMD, IOMMU).

You can find out more information about this event, here.

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Source:? InfoWorld

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