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IT pros Unsure about Virtualization Security

The need for security in virtual environments escapes many IT pros, yet a majority understand the importance of virtualization to their IT infrastructure.

That was the conclusion of a survey of 4,500 IT pros by security firm Kaspersky Lab.

Only one in three respondents said that they had a “clear understanding” of light agency and agent-based virtualization security, while only one in four said they have a clear understanding of agent-less virtualization security.

A full 46 percent of respondents believe that virtual environments can be protected by conventional security products, while 36 percent believe that security concerns in virtual environments are significantly lower than in physical environments.

Only 14 percent of respondents cited securing virtualized infrastructure as one of their top three priorities for the next 12 months.

At the same time, 43 percent of respondents said they understood that security is an “important barrier” to the implementation of virtualized infrastructure, while 41 percent said they “struggle to manage” security in the virtual environment.

A majority of respondents said that virtual environments are increasingly forming the core of their IT infrastructure, and 55 percent said that their firms had already implemented server virtualization.

On the other hand, only 25 percent have implemented virtual desktop infrastructures, while another 10 percent plan to do so in the next 12 months.

There is no question that virtualization is becoming a reality for many firms. While increasing efficiency and reducing costs, virtualization can open up the enterprise to greater security risks, particularly if IT security pros are not well-versed in virtualization security.

For those who do not understand security in the virtual environment, it’s time to get up to speed.

July 29, 2014 | By 

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