VMware highlights security in Covid-era networking – Channel Asia Singapore

Sanjay Poonen (VMware)

Sanjay Poonen (VMware)

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As enterprise workloads continue to move off-premises and employees continue to work remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic, securing that environment remains a critical challenge for IT.

At its virtual VMworld 2020 gathering, VMware detailed products and plans to help customers deal with the challenges of securing distributed enterprise resources.

“Amid global disruption, the key to survival for many companies has meant an accelerated shift to the cloud and, ultimately, bolting on security products in their data centres,” said Sanjay Poonen, COO of VMware. “But legacy security systems are no longer sufficient for organisations that are using the cloud as part of their computing infrastructure. It’s time to rethink security for the cloud. Organisations need protection at the workload level, not just at the endpoint.”

With that in mind, VMware introduced Carbon Black Cloud Workload software that combines vulnerability reporting with security detection and response capabilities to protect workloads running in virtualised, private and hybrid cloud environments, VMware stated.

The new packages – along with other upgrades to its security software– represent VMware’s continued development and integration of the Carbon Black security technology it acquired a year ago for $2.1 billion.”

Tightly integrated with vSphere, VMware Carbon Black Cloud Workload provides agent-less security that alleviates installation and management overhead and consolidates the collection of telemetry for multiple workload security use cases,” VMware stated.

The idea is to allow security and infrastructure teams to automatically secure new and existing workloads at every point in the security lifecycle, while simplifying operations and consolidating the IT and security stack.

With the software, customers can analyse attacker behaviour patterns over time to detect and stop never-seen-before attacks, including those manipulating known-good software. If an attacker bypasses perimeter defences, security teams can shut down the attack before it escalates to a data breach, VMware stated.

All current vSphere 6.5 and VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 customers can give the package a try for free for the next six months, VMware stated. VMware plans to introduce a Carbon Black Cloud module for hardening and better securing Kubernetes workloads as well.

The company also enhanced its Workspace ONE platform that securely manages end users’ mobile devices and cloud-hosted virtual desktops and applications from the cloud or on-premise.

The company says it blended VMware Workspace ONE Horizon and VMware Carbon Black Cloud to offer behavioural detection to protect against ransomware and file-less malware. On VMware vSphere, the solution is integrated into VMware Tools, removing the need to install and manage additional security agents, according to the company.


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