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60 per cent of enterprises will virtualise servers

AvantiKumar | April 18, 2011
But only 20 per cent of these have deployed security strategies: Sourcefire Malaysia

Ivan Wen, Country Manager of Sourcefire Malaysia

PHOTO - Ivan Wen, country manager of Sourcefire Malaysia.

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 APRIL 2011 - Though 60 per cent of enterprises will virtualise their production servers, only 20 per cent of these have deployed security strategies or technologies, according to cyber security provider Sourcefire Malaysia.

"Businesses need to ensure they have put into place the correct security policies and applications to secure their virtualised environment," said Sourcefire Malaysia country manager, Ivan Wen, during the recent announcement of an integration between Sourcefire and VMware vShield App and vShield Edge.

"These integrations allow the Sourcefire Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) to configure VMware vShield App or vShield Edge to dynamically restrict any policy-violating activity within a customer's virtual environment by providing users with application detection, application control and real-time adaptive security," said Wen. "Sourcefire and VMware are working together to help ensure that virtual environments are protected, by providing simple integration that enables sophisticated policy enforcement."

Virtualisation solutions firm VMware's vice president of global strategic alliances, Parag Patel, said: "This integration with Sourcefire is an important step in enabling users to secure their virtual and cloud environments. [This move] would help users reduce the risk of a security breach or data loss. The Sourcefire IPS monitors real-time network and user activity in a virtual environment, detecting policy violations such as the use of unauthorised applications on non-standard ports or unpermitted access to a critical host."



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