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SANS Institute, Altor Networks To Host Virtualization Security Webinar

Free "Virtualization Security 101" webinar planned for April 23
Redwood City, CA-April 7, 2009-Altor Networks and SANS Institute announced today that they will jointly deliver the first ever "Virtualization Security 101" complimentary webinar on Thursday, April 23rd. Dave Shackleford, author of the SANS Virtualization Security and Operations course, and Todd Ignasiak, Altor Networks Director of Product Management, will discuss the security risks associated with virtual networks.

"With its benefits comes a dark side though, since virtualization technology is the focus of many new potential threats and exploits, and presents new vulnerabilities that must be managed," said Mr. Shackleford . "Organizations should make sure they plan for adequate network access controls, user permissions, and traditional security controls within virtual environments."

Today, server virtualization is being implemented at a rapid pace to reduce costs and increase efficiency. Like any new widespread technology, virtualization is also the focus of many new potential threats and exploits. Security professionals are either scrambling to catch up or helping to plan virtualization projects in many organizations, and some of the questions they have are:

  • Why is the virtual network different from the physical network and what security implications does that have?
  • How does virtualization affect traditional approaches to firewalls, IDS/IPS, packet capture, auditing, and compliance?
  • How do I gain greater visibility into virtual network environments? Which virtualization threats, vulnerabilities, and attacks should I focus on?
  • How is malware evolving to be more virtualization-aware?

    "SANS recognizes virtualization as one of the most rapidly evolving and widely deployed technologies in the market today," said Ken Cole, Director of Vendor Programs at SANS Institute. "The Virtualization Security 101 webcast was developed by SANS and Altor to bring awareness to the INFOSEC professional regarding ways to manage and mitigate risks associated with virtualization technologies. " Mr. Shackleford will examine virtualization security fundamentals, with explanations of today's most pressing virtualization security concerns: known attacks and threats, theoretical attack methods, and numerous real-world examples. Mr. Ignasiak will discuss how enterprises can gain visibility into the blind spots created by virtual network traffic and successfully implement security and compliance controls to protect the virtual datacenter.

    The webinar will be held on Thursday, April 23rd at 10 am Pacific time and 1 pm Eastern time. Register at www.sans.org/webcasts/show.php?webcastid=92353

    About Altor Networks Altor Networks is pioneering a new class of virtual security solutions to secure production-oriented virtualized data centers. The company's initial product line includes the industry's first-ever purpose-built virtual firewall, a software security appliance that runs in a virtualized environment and enforces security policy on a per virtual machine basis. Data center administrators can now pinpoint a broad range of virtual network security compromises and easily create roles-based security policies. For the first time, security policies can be continuously enforced on individual virtual machines, even as they move throughout the virtualized data center. Founded by security and networking experts from Check Point Software, Cisco, NetApp, and Oracle, Altor Networks is funded by Accel Partners and Foundation Capital, and is headquartered in Redwood City, California. For more information, visit www.altornetworks.com.

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