Symantec and VMware are tag teaming on a quartet of security integrations for the VMware cloud infrastructure suite. The idea is to offer stronger protection -- and operational cost savings -- for virtual and cloud environments.
What this means in practice is that customers who use both VMware and Symantec now have another security lever to pull to protect their virtual infrastructure and business-critical applications. Specific targets include data loss prevention, IT risk and compliance , data center protection, security information and event management, and endpoint protection solutions.
"Adoption of cloud services and virtualization technologies provide increased business flexibility, improved scalability and can create significant cost savings, but they also increase an organizations' exposure to external threats and increase risk," said Sergi Isasi, senior product manager at Symantec.
Safeguarding Sensitive Information
"IT security teams are tasked with keeping sensitive information safe while it's being stored and accessed in cloud environments, on mobile devices and across virtual infrastructure that is very dynamic in nature," Isasi continued. "On the virtualization side, security needs to be more than just antivirus."
Symantec is introducing the five new integrations with VMware cloud infrastructure suite in 2012, some of which are available now, to tackle that risk. Symantec and VMware also promised to keep collaborating to make sure their mutual customers have security and compliance controls necessary for cloud deployments both on- and off-premises.
Symantec Data Loss Prevention is now available to protect intellectual property wherever it resides. Integration with VMware vShield App means Symantec customers can find and locate information across virtual environments. Symantec Data Loss Prevention works to make it easier for customers to identify and remediate potential data loss in virtual environments by automatically separating virtual machines that contain sensitive information from those that do not.
Also available now, Symantec Control Compliance Suite taps centralized vulnerability and control assessments to provide discovery of unknown or unauthorized virtual machines. The goal is to reduce security risk in the physical and virtual infrastructure.
Summer Cloud Security
Symantec Critical System Protection currently protects ESX guest and hypervisors with granular, policy-based controls. Symantec plans to add support for VMware vSphere 5 in this spring.
Available this summer, Symantec Security Information Manager will help organizations identify and respond to security threats that affect business-critical applications across physical and virtual infrastructures.
Symantec's Managed Security Service will offer a VMware vShield log management collector to allow customers who want a cloud-based service delivery model to tap into the benefits of straightforward security-threats views across physical and virtual environments. Symantec expects the solution to be available this summer as well.
Finally, Symantec plans to leverage VMware vShield Endpoint with its endpoint security offerings to maximize performance in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and virtual server environments. Available in the second half of this year, these solutions aim to offload critical security analysis from protected virtual machines to a dedicated security virtual appliance.