Virtualization Security Has Finally Arrived, but a Skills Gap Threatens its Success

Paula Musich
Paula Musich

Summary Bullets:

  • Enterprise IT now has a healthy array of choices for protecting virtual machine-based applications and data
  • What’s missing are the IT skills necessary to adequately support security for virtual environments

In the last month it’s become abundantly clear that virtualization security is alive and well, and quickly moving toward mainstream status – at least from the vendor side.  Real competition has arrived when it comes to specifically protecting virtualized applications and data, thanks to this year’s serious entry into the growing market by three of the four largest anti-malware providers – Symantec, McAfee, and Kaspersky – along with innovative new startups such as Bromium. (Trend Micro, the third-largest anti-malware provider, has been in the market for a few years now with a very capable contender.)  There is now finally a healthy array of host-based anti-malware, encryption, network security and threat management products geared specifically toward securing virtual servers and cloud-based data. That means there are plenty of options to choose from, different approaches to streamlining the resource utilization of scanning, and varying levels of maturity in virtualization security products. Now what’s really needed is education.  Continue reading “Virtualization Security Has Finally Arrived, but a Skills Gap Threatens its Success”