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Virtualized Systems Can Be A Security Risk

Virtualized Systems Can Be A Security Risk

With companies looking for ways to cut their IT infrastructure costs, there’s no hotter technology right now than virtualization. But those cost savings could carry a big price in compromised security if IT managers aren’t careful. That was the message from Gartner Fellow Neil MacDonald in his “Securing Virtualization, Virtualizing Security” presentation this week at Everything Channel’s Midsize Enterprise Summit in Miami.

MacDonald’s argument is that most virtual machines being deployed by IT departments today aren’t as secure as physical systems. Not that virtualization is inherently less secure, MacDonald was careful to say, but most virtualization technology isn’t being deployed in a secure way.

Several times during his presentation MacDonald passionately argued that many suppliers of virtualization and security technology aren’t stepping up to the plate and providing the same kinds of protection they provide for physical systems. “The bad news is most of the big guys are still missing in action,” he said.


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