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Building Context-Aware Security: VMware Acquires PacketMotion

by Neil MacDonald  |  August 27, 2011  |  Comments Off

VMware quietly disclosed it has acquired PacketMotion in this recent blog post by Dean Coza of VMware. We identified PacketMotion as a cool vendor in Gartner in this 2009 research for clients. Essentially, PacketMotion uses standard Intel-based hardware appliances  (as well as a virtualized probe implementation that runs inside of virtualized environments) to deliver full […]

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Is Single Instance Security the Future?

by Neil MacDonald  |  June 6, 2011  |  Comments Off

I’ve been researching the intersection between virtualization and security for several years. Like security and cloud computing, virtualization and security is also following a maturity curve. The first several years were discussions with clients on how to deploy virtualization securely. Over the past 2 years, I’ve had an increasing number of calls on the virtualization […]

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Lessons from the Windows Firewall on the Evolution of Virtualization Security

by Neil MacDonald  |  November 8, 2010  |  2 Comments

In this research note on deploying Windows 7 security features for clients, I explore in detail the security capabilities baked into Windows 7 – AppLocker, BitLocker, BitLocker To Go, the Windows Firewall, USB Port Control and so on. One question I get from clients is whether or not to use the built-in capabilities of Windows […]


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Doing Things Better With Virtualization

by Neil MacDonald  |  December 22, 2009  |  4 Comments

As I talked about in this post, virtualization will offer new and interesting ways to improve security. VM state inspection (or “Introspection”) is one of the ways that this will happen. For clients, I talk about the transformative opportunities using virtualization and introspection techniques in these two research notes from 2008 – the first research […]


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VMware Launches vSphere (and Security Makes the Keynote)

by Neil MacDonald  |  April 22, 2009  |  4 Comments

On Tuesday April 22, VMware formally launched the next major release of its virtualization platform. The code has been released to manufacturing and will become generally available during this quarter. The atmosphere was upbeat, the buzz phrase “cloud” was generously sprinkled throughout the presentations and, most importantly, the importance of security as a core capability […]


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Security No-brainer #3: Root of Trust Measurements for Hypervisors

by Neil MacDonald  |  April 18, 2009  |  1 Comment

During the course of my blogging activities, this is the third time I’ve talked about something the security industry should do that I believe is so obvious that I called it a “no-brainer”. The first was in reference to a global, industry-wide effort to create a shareable, standards-based application whitelist database built directly from feeds […]

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