There is a growing movement to encrypt everything. I prefer encrypting specific data, not everything. However, modern CPU chipset features have sped up encryption so much that encrypting everything is a valid option. Encryption requires one to have access to the keys or the related encryption secrets. Those secrets need to be at the fingertips of your applications or management tools. Encryption secrets should be readily available to an application. How do we achieve this? The February 9, 2017 Virtualization and Cloud Security Podcast addresses this issue. In this podcast, Virtuozzo’s Chief Software Architect, Pavel Emelyanov, joins us to discuss container encryption.
Security focuses on end-to-end security, integrity, auditability, and regulatory compliance for virtualization and clouds, the SDDC, and the secure hybrid cloud. Security starts where the cloud and virtual environments begin: the end user computing device. (Read More)
As part of Security, we follow the user through the virtual and cloud stacks until they reach the application they wish to use for retrieving the data that is important to them. Virtualization and cloud security is implemented where there is an intersection between user, data, and application, while maintaining strict control of management interfaces. As such, we explore all aspects of security devices, tools, controls, and guides that impact or can be used to secure virtual and cloud environments.
Nearly every time I turn around, a company is stating it can prevent ransomware! When I research it further, I see that it is not, in fact, prevention. Rather, it is recovery. These companies all make the same assumption: that ransomware can be detected long before it becomes a major problem. This is false reasoning. Ransomware is not detected until a person cannot open a file, or a system reboots and the screen shows a lovely ransomware message. How soon after ransomware hits does this detection take place? Moments, days, or months? Whether you can detect ransomware early enough depends on your practices, policies, and capabilities, not on storage or data protection that claims to prevent ransomware. What does it take to prevent, or even detect, ransomware?
Aside from the production benefits of virtualization, an added benefit is improving security posture, which is paramount to most IT organizations. For those that haven’t already determined that a virtualized infrastructure is a better solution than handing out laptops with a VPN connection, there are a number of eye-opening reasons to reconsider the security impact of locally stored applications and data.
There is a recent CVE (CVE-2016-9962) that directly affects container security. A patch was quickly forthcoming. This raised some interesting concerns. Specifically, how do you patch a container infrastructure? What needs to be patched? The “what” is easy; the “how” is more difficult. As we move to cloud-native applications, where we tear down apps rapidly and restart them from whole cloth, patching is a crucial issue. There is risk here; the question is how to mitigate such risk. How do you patch for future issues? This was the subject of the virtualization and cloud security podcast this week.
We are happy to share that we were featured yesterday on BrightTALK. We discussed data centers and what the future holds. What does the future data center look like? Is it racks and racks of computers? Is it heavily automated? Is it just a shim to the larger world of the cloud? Listen in on this dynamic panel discussion in which we delve into the future of the data center with our experts, Edward Haletky and Steve Beaver. We discussed where we are going, how the hybrid cloud fits in, and the ultimate vision of the data center.
After the end of a year, we often pause and reflect to celebrate our successes and to try and gain closure for our failures and tragedies. For many, 2016 has been a horrible year. I am not going to talk about politics, as that is far too contentious, but the world seems a little darker today than it did in January of 2016. We lost music icons like David Bowie, Prince, Rick Parfitt from Status Quo, and George Michael. Comedians Victoria Wood, Caroline Aherne, and Gene Wilder passed away. For the fantasy and science fiction geeks, we lost Alan Rickman (Harry Potter and Galaxy Quest), Carrie Fisher (Star Wars) on Christmas day, and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) in June. The sporting world lost Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer, Johann Cruyff (the founder of Sexy Football—the proper sort with a round ball that is kicked by a foot). We also lost John Glenn, former US senator and astronaut. In the technology world, we lost Intel founding father Andy Grove, email inventor Ray Tomlinson, and AOL co-founder Jim Kimsey.