Posts Tagged ‘ Secure Multi-Tenancy ’

Sum of the Parts… Not equal to the Whole

September 29, 2010
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Christofer Hoff (@Beaker) and I had a short discussion on twitter the other day about the VMware Cloud Director (vCD) security guidance. We both felt it was a bit lite and missed the point of Secure Multi Tenancy. However, I feel even more strongly that people will implement what is in the vCD Guidance, vBlock…

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Cloud Apps approved by GSA

July 30, 2010
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The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article on the United States General Services Administration has approved the acquisition of some cloud services for use by the Federal Government including many of the Google Apps such as Gmail, Google Docs, etc. Since these services are for sale as well as freely available this sounds more…

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This Week in Virtualization Security News

July 23, 2010
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The Virtualization Security Podcast on 7/22 was all about the news of the week with our panelists discussing how this news affects everyone and anyone with respect to Virtualization Security. The news discussed: * NIST Released their Guide to Security for Full Virtualization Technologies (Draft) * There is a Security issue with VMware vSphere 4.1…

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Safe way to Encrypt within a VM – Need for Technology

July 12, 2010
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Encryption is important, encryption within a VM even more important. But the question is how to do this securely without allowing the encryption keys to be seen by an administrator of the virtual environment and that supports vMotion or LiveMigration. The solution is per VM encrypted memory, but something more robust that makes use of…

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Virtualization Backup Security still Missing the Mark

July 9, 2010
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During the Virtualization Security Podcast on 7/8, Vizioncore’s Thomas Bryant joined us to discuss the state of virtualization backup security and forensic use of such backups. In the world of virtualization, backups are performed mostly by 4 distinct vendors: VMware Data Recovery (VDR) and VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB), Vizioncore vRanger, Veeam, and PHD Virtual Backup…

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vSecurity gets a boost from TPM/TXT

June 29, 2010
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During the Virtualization Security Podcast on 6/22, Steve Orrin of Intel and Dennis Morreau of RSA joined us to discuss the impact of Intel Westmere chips built-in Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) on Cloud and Virtualization Security. TPM is not all that new, but TXT's usage in virtualization security is new.…

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Private Cloud Security Nice to Have!?

June 24, 2010
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Private Cloud Security Nice to Have!?

In a recent document written by virtualization.info and Secure Network of Italy entitled Securing the Private Cloud several issues come to mind. While this is a good document on the availability front of virtualization security, I did not read anything that affected integrity or confidentiality. You cannot be secure if you ignore 2 of the…

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Risky Social Behaviors akin to Multi-Tenancy Risks

June 17, 2010
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Can we use some of this Risky Social Behaviors post to aid us in finding an adequate definition for secure multi-tenancy? Perhaps more to the point it can define how we look at multi-tenancy today. On a recent VMware Communities podcast we were told two things that seem contradictory to current security thinking. The first…

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Defining Tenants for Secure Multi-Tenancy for the Cloud

June 1, 2010
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The panel of the Virtualization Security Podcast on 5/27/2010 was joined by an attorney specializing in the Internet space. David Snead spoke at InfoSec and made it clear that there was more to secure multi-tenancy than one would imagine. The first question was "how would you define tenant?" which I believe is core to the…

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