Author: Vitaly Mzokov / Source: Information Security Buzz
Virtualisation security is focusing on integration
When it comes to security solutions for VDI and virtualised servers, I predict that enterprises will pay more attention to the smooth integration between various systems instead of simply examining product features under a microscope. Security solutions that can be integrated into the virtualisation infrastructure at a sufficient level to detect cyber-attacks in their early stages, as well as those that deliver malicious activity information to the components of the corporate environment to make quick decisions that isolate and analyse the threat, will be those that businesses opt for in 2017.
Through the integration between the infrastructure and security solution, enterprise-level customers are aiming to increase their reaction speed in response to security incidents, with the infrastructure and its automation platform executing management decisions and applying the changes. Enterprises will look for security solutions that can integrate with such infrastructure virtualisation solutions (with automation inside) like VMware vSphere with NSX. Speaking of integration with VMware NSX, customers will prefer to keep using an agentless approach for server virtualisation cases to preserve systems efficiency. Therefore, it is preferable for security solutions to integrate with VMware NSX in fully agentless mode. Moreover, since NSX has many integration capabilities, the ability to work via security tags and follow a policy-based approach is a must have for security solutions.
Finally, in constantly changing enterprise-level environments, there is always a risk of missing some virtual machines, especially offline ones, when executing an on-demand scan. Enterprises are looking at finding the easiest ways to make sure that powered off machines are not infected without powering them on.
Corporations to invest more in hybrid cloud protection
An emerging trend that will definitely gain more traction in the next five years is the transition from private to hybrid clouds. Corporate environments will be composed of private IT infrastructure and public cloud infrastructure. Both parts will be connected through protected communication channels – with the use of encryption among other tools – and managed from a unified console (or the control centre). In 2017, corporations will have more systems that can and should be taken outside the corporate perimeter and placed closer to the customer. Public cloud environments make it easy to do this.
By 2020, the growth of public cloud infrastructure, and the resulting costs of the infrastructure and security solutions for it, are likely to increase by 2.5 to 3 times, compared to what the industry analysts demonstrated this year. Major cloud providers, such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google continue to lead, strengthening their positions and stretching out far ahead of competitors. They are doing this not only because of better reliability, availability or coverage area, but due to more sophisticated end-user experience and delivering a comprehensive set of automation and integration capabilities for workloads located in cloud.
Bringing a combination of on-premise and off-premise environments…
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