A Conversation About Virtualization Security, The Quotes

Last week, an interesting conference call took place with several industry leaders in the virtualization security (virtsec) area, initiated by Virtualization.com. The panel included:

  • Joe Pendry, Director of Marketing – StackSafe,
  • Kris Buytaert – Infrastructure Architect; Open Source Expert; Principle Consultant Inuits; Blogger & editor at Virtualization.xom,
  • Tarry Singh – Sr. Consultant, Blogger, Industry/Market Analyst; Founder & CEO of Avastu & editor at Virtualization.xom
  • Andreas Antonopoulos, SVP & Founding Partner – Nemertes Research
  • Allwyn Sequeira ,SVP & CTO – Blue Lane, Michael Berman, CTO – Catbird
  • Chris Hoff, Chief Security Architect – Systems & Technology Division and Blogger – Unisys
  • Hezi Moore, President, Founder & CTO – Reflex Security

We’ll publish the highlights from our conversations shortly, but as a teaser, here are some of the most interesting quotes:

“I don’t see much point in really thinking too much about five steps ahead, worrying about VM Escape, worrying about hypervisor security, etc. when we’re running Windows on top of these systems and they’re sitting there naked.”

“We’re dealing with virtualized storage, while nobody will ever raise their hand saying they’re a security expert when it comes to that.”

“More than 75 percent of the people we asked, how are you securing virtualized environments? Their answer was VLANs. That’s where we stand today.”

“This was a network guy and his email went: WTF, you need 30 VLANS on one server? That’s the first time he became aware of virtualization. That team wasn’t even working with him. And the first inkling he had when he got a request that was just so out of the norm he just didn’t know what was going on.”

“To me, security is like bell bottoms, every 10-15 years or so, it comes back into style.”

Watch Virtualization.com for more!

About the author

Kris Buytaert is a long time Linux and Open Source Consultant active in Belgium , Europe and the rest of the universe. He is currently working for Inuits Kris is the Co-Author of Virtualization with Xen ,used to be the maintainer of the openMosix HOWTO and author of different technical publications. He is frequently speaking at, or organizing different international conferences He spends most of his time working on Linux Clustering (both High Availability, Scalability and HPC), Virtualisation and Large Infrastructure Management projects hence trying to build infrastructures that can survive the 10th floor test, better known today as the cloud while actively promoting the devops idea ! His blog titled "Everything is a Freaking DNS Problem" can be found at http://www.krisbuytaert.be/blog/

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