McAfee Foundstone service to boost virtualization security

Growing popularity of virtualization is not matched with proper understanding of security risks says McAfee

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By  Mark Sutton Published  March 18, 2008

McAfee is offering what it says is the first service to securely deploy virtualized environments. The McAfee Foundstone Professional Services have been designed to address the growing need of organizations to be able to use virtualization technologies, without opening up new security risks.

The service includes guidelines for the adoption of virtualization, which cover areas such as data protection, management controls, user access, back up and recovery, patch management and asset management.

Patrick Hayati, regional director McAfee, Middle East commented: "With the popularity of virtualization and the rush to reap its benefits, companies may not always follow the best security best practices. Many of the security practices that work in physical computing environments also work in the virtual world, yet there are some unique requirements. Our new service will help customers meet the security requirements of these new virtual environments.

"By formulating a holistic approach to people, process and technology, security professionals can be confident that their virtualization strategy is in line with the rest of their traditional security policy. Organizations can now enjoy the full benefits of virtualization with enhanced security by taking a risk based approach. This is not only recommended but critical when making any such large and revolutionary changes," Hayati added.

McAfee will work with EMC subsidiary VMware, the leading virtualization vendor, to enhance the security of VMware solutions.

Brian Byun, vice president of Global Partners and Solutions at Vmware commented: "The new Foundstone Professional Services offering complements the robust security features built into VMware virtualization software. Together, VMware and McAfee will ensure that customers can continue to run their virtualized environments with even greater security than purely physical environments."

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