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Virtualization Security: Protecting Virtualized Environments by Dave Shackleford

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Introduction

So, what exactly is virtualization security anyway? There are a lot of varied definitions that could fit here, but the simplest is this: the systematic lockdown and application of security-related technical and procedural controls for all components of a virtualization infrastructure. Why do we need virtualization security, or virtsec for short? Well, the world is quickly changing, my friends. The look and feel of today's modern datacenter is rapidly morphing from what it once was, and many organizations' network boundaries are blurrier than ever. We're starting to leverage both internal and external clouds, which tend to make heavy use of virtualization technology. We have entire networks “in a box.” All the components are abstracted ...

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