Virtual Systems, Real Security Holes


As businesses seek new ways to cut costs, IT departments are often placed on the hot seat, and that has fueled interest in virtualization. For example, VMworld 2010, held in San Francisco recently, drew more than 17,000 attendees and saw more than 145,000 virtual machines deployed. However, as businesses rush to virtualize, they too often tend to sweep security under the carpet, figuring they’ll deal with that problem later. A recent survey found that the cost-cutting mindset is pushing organizations toward virtualization at the expense of security and risk mitigation.

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