by Neil MacDonald | February 10, 2011 | Comments Off on NIST Publishes Its Virtualization Security Guidelines
Last week, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published its final virtualization security guidelines.
There are already guidelines available from the Center for Internet Security, VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix as well as guidelines from the Defense Information Security Agency in the form of STIGs.
NIST adds to this collective knowledge and expands it with some interesting reading on desktop virtualization.
The most important things you can do to improve the security of your virtualization infrastructure are:
2. Establish your own configuration guidelines (using sources like NIST and CIS as a starting point), apply these and measure for drift over time.
3. Extend your existing patch and vulnerability management processes to this new layer of software.
Gartner research shows that 90% of successful attacks occur against previously known vulnerabilities for which a patch or secure configuration standard was already available. If you haven’t already, make sure you’ve secured your virtualization platform layer.
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