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Whitepaper: Effectively Securing Virtualized Data Centers

by ApaniJun 01, 2008

For security directors at large organizations, securing virtualized data centers is a major concern. Server virtualization offers several benefits including better total cost of ownership, increased operational efficiencies and more flexible management capabilities. But server virtualization may also increase security risks. Virtual machines (VMs) themselves are no less secure than their physical counterparts, but organizations often apply different procedures to their deployment and management. In addition, server virtualization while offering some major architectural benefits, may at the same time, introduce new vulnerabilities if not properly addressed.

Traditional methods of isolating and securing servers such as firewalls and virtual local area networks (VLANs) do not translate well to virtualized environments. The static nature of these devices makes them too labor intensive and complex to support VM migration or large deployments. While some vendors have introduced virtual appliances, they only apply to virtualized environments and force organizations to take a silo approach to securing virtual machines. Yet another management paradigm adds more complexity and special training to already overburdened IT organizations. How can corporations effectively secure VMs? Are there ways to secure virtual machines that don't sacrifice the operational efficiencies provided by server virtualization?

To meet these challenges, businesses are turning to cross-platform virtual security solutions. Designed to isolate and secure communications between both virtual machines and physical servers and endpoints, these innovative solutions are helping companies realize the benefits of server virtualization without sacrificing security.

Whitepaper: Utilizing Apani EpiForce as a Mitigating Control for PCI/CISP Compliance

by ApaniJun 01, 2008

A recent survey of 231 large merchants by Visa USA indicates that 83% have still not achieved compliance, even though the date to become PCI compliant has now passed. The major reason so few large organizations have been able to achieve PCI compliance is because the scope of the regulation is so encompassing.

This whitepaper identifies ways of using new technologies as a mitigating control for PCI-DSS compliance and to solve the issue of limiting the scope of an audit, and encrypting user names and passwords in transmission without the need to modify or rewrite applications.

Whitepaper: Efficiently Isolating Contractors From Sensitive Data: The Many Advantages of Software-based Contractor Isolation

by ApaniMar 01, 2008

For information security directors at large corporations, the growing reliance on contractors is a major concern. Local and offshore programmers provide businesses a competitive edge, but they also increase security risks. Often contractors are hired to rapidly solve problems while operating outside the security policies of employees. Once within the network, they have free access to confidential data and business systems. Even when access is restricted, these savvy individuals can easily jump to unauthorized systems-unknown to the corporation.

Unlike employees, contractors function outside normal policy controls. The sensitive work performed by many contractors places them within reach of customer data, confidential documents and strategic plans. Whether accidental or malicious, many contractors will find their way to off-limits data and systems.

How can businesses prevent contractors from accessing sensitive or business-critical data? Is there a cost-efficient way to isolate contractors from essential business systems?

To meet these challenges, businesses are turning to software-based contractor isolation solutions. Designed to limit the access of contractors without adding costly and complex firewalls or VLANs, these security solutions are helping large corporations protect their critical assets. This white paper will examine contractor security trends and reveal the many advantages of software-based contractor isolation.

Research Report: Apani "EpiForce" VM: Performance and VMotion Interoperability in VMware ESX 3.5.0

by ApaniMay 01, 2007

Apani commissioned VeriTest, the testing service of Lionbridge Technologies, Inc., to measure the performance impact when using the Apani EpiForce VM cross-platform server isolation solution with VMware Infrastructure 3 (ESX 3.5.0 Build 64607 with Virtual Center 2.5), under typical data center workloads. In addition, Apani was interested in verifying the compatibility EpiForce VM had with the VMware Infrastructure 3 hot (VMotion) and cold migration capabilities.

The goal of this study is to compare the impact EpiForce has on a virtualized environment within a typical corporate network environment by comparing consistent, mixed workload simulation without EpiForce installed with that of an EpiForce-enabled environment.