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VMware announces New Security Solutions

VMware to implement security that delivers protection to Critical Apps

Sanjay Poonen, chief operating officer, Customer Operations, VMware
Sanjay Poonen, chief operating officer, Customer Operations, VMware

At VMworld 2019 Europe, detailed new and expanded security solutions that advance the company’s vision of intrinsic security, making it more automated, proactive and pervasive across the entire distributed enterprise.

With intrinsic security, VMware reduces the risk to critical applications, sensitive data, and users by shrinking the attack surface across clouds, data centers, end users, and the enterprise edge. In support of its intrinsic security vision, VMware today announced the following:

• Dell will make Carbon Black Cloud, along with Dell Trusted Devices and Secureworks, the preferred endpoint security solution for Dell commercial customers
• New VMware NSX Distributed Intrusion Detection and Prevention
• New VMware NSX Federation for consistent, centralized network and security policy configuration and management for large-scale NSX deployments
• Enhanced VMware SD-WAN branch firewall performance, flexibility and usability features
• VMware Secure State updates that reduce public cloud risk and improve security posture
• A new Zero-Trust security architecture for the digital workspace

With the close of its Carbon Black acquisition in October 2019, VMware launched a new security business unit under the leadership of former Carbon Black CEO Patrick Morley. The business unit focuses on helping customers with comprehensive endpoint and workload protection and advanced cybersecurity analytics to help stop sophisticated cyberattacks and accelerate response times. As the first step on this journey, VMware will offer multiple new Carbon Black Cloud solutions to customers, including:

• Carbon Black Endpoint Standard: Next-generation antivirus combined with endpoint detection and response
• Carbon Black Endpoint Advanced: Carbon Black Endpoint Standard combined with real-time endpoint query and remediation
• Carbon Black Endpoint Enterprise: Real-time endpoint query and remediation combined with advanced threat hunting and incident response
• Carbon Black Workload: new advanced cloud workload protection add-on for VMware vSphere
• VMware Workspace Security: combines best-in-class behavior threat detection, next-generation antivirus, and digital workspace analytics and remediation solutions
• Carbon Black Endpoint Standard with Secureworks Threat Detection and Response: combines best-in-class next-generation antivirus and endpoint detection and response with an advanced security analytics application, expanding security telemetry beyond the endpoint and into the network and cloud

VMware also announced an enhanced partnership with Dell that will make Carbon Black Cloud, along with Dell Trusted Devices and Secureworks, the preferred endpoint security solution for Dell commercial customers. The enhanced partnership will bring Carbon Black’s advanced, next-generation endpoint protection to businesses of all sizes directly on-the-box.

“VMware believes we have to stop adding more and more complexity in an effort to solve cybersecurity challenges, and instead use our infrastructure as part of the solution. In short, we must make security intrinsic,” said Sanjay Poonen, chief operating officer, Customer Operations, VMware. “VMware is shifting the balance of power from attackers to defenders by removing the complexity inherent with cybersecurity. VMware is delivering intrinsic security through a comprehensive portfolio spanning the critical control points of security: network, endpoint, workload, identity, cloud, and analytics. Because we’re built-in, we’re everywhere apps, devices, and users reside. This gives us a unique vantage point to be informed about what’s happening in a customer’s environment. With this knowledge, we can be proactive in hardening customers’ environments to better prevent threats.”

Availability

The new VMware Carbon Black Cloud solutions, new VMware SD-WAN branch firewall capabilities, and VMware Secure State Findings API are expected to be available in VMware’s Q4 FY20 ending January 31, 2020. VMware NSX Distributed IDS/IPS and VMware NSX Federation are expected be in Beta in Q4 FY20.

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