Virtual Security

Kelly Robertson, CEO of 9Proof Americas, spoke on virtual security last night at VMware in Palo Alto during the monthly meeting of the SDForum Cloud Services SIG. He explained a few special security issues that should be considered when using virtualization technology. An issue that struck me, which I had not much thought about previously, was what Robertson called an ephemeral virtual sprawl, which refers to the many virtual machines that get fired up and down and that do not quite fit into the traditional approaches and lines of authority for maintaining security in IT departments. For more detials, see my article summarizing the event.

And check out DJ Cline’s photos of the event: http://www.djcline.com/2010/07/29/july-27-2010-sdf-cloud-virtual-security/.

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I’m a solution engineer for Shape Security, an awesome web security startup in Mountain View that defends some of the worlds largest web sites from bot attacks. I see this blog as a learning tool. It gives me a chance to collect my thoughts on topics of interest and to share with others. If you see a mistake or think I’m on the wrong track, please let me know. I appreciate comments. See my LinkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesdowney and follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/james_downey.

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