The server virtualization train has left the station-large and small organizations are virtualizing production workloads as quickly as they can. Regrettably, security has remained an afterthought. CISOs understand which security safeguards are needed for physical servers, but they lack the skills, best practices, and tools to apply the same control to virtual assets. As a result, they tend to do what they can with what they have. ESG appreciates the wisdom in sticking with what works, but the challenge here is scaling these best practices as the number of VMs in production skyrockets over the next few years. Crossbeam Systems offers a practical solution to this problem by relying on physical server-based trust zones, virtual network security services, and the networking and security scalability of its X-Series security platforms.
Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s Information Security and Networking services. With 25 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in threat and security management as well as all aspects of network security. Recently, Jon has been an active participant with cybersecurity issues, legislation, and technology within the U.S. federal government. Prior to joining ESG, Jon was the founder and principal of Hype-Free Consulting. He has also held senior management positions at GiantLoop Network, Forrester Research, Epoch Systems, and EMC Corporation.
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