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IT Pros Doubt Security Of Virtualized Environments, Study Says

Majority of survey respondents don't think current security tools and practices will cut it in the cloud

IT professionals are harboring some serious doubts about the security of virtualized environments, according to a study published yesterday.

The survey (PDF), conducted by security vendor Prism Microsystems, indicates that IT pros don't see virtualized environments as being inherently less secure than their traditional counterparts, but they are not confident in their current ability to monitor and manage the security of the cloud.

In the survey, 85 percent of respondents said they have virtualized at least some of their servers. Yet only 28 percent of respondents expressed confidence that their virtual environment is as secure as the rest of their IT architecture.

Nearly half (46 percent) of respondents disagreed with the statement that current security tools are sufficient to provide visibility into the virtualized environment, and almost 25 percent were unsure. When asked if threats to the virtualized environment could be mitigated using current best practices, the majority of respondents responded negatively or were unsure.

The biggest fear among the respondents (58 percent) is that the hypervisor will create a single point of entry into multiple machines. Respondents are also concerned that virtualization will create a new layer that could be attacked (56 percent), and that the sprawl of virtual machines will reduce security visibility (54 percent).

And so far, not many have gained that visibility, the study says. At the hypervisor layer, only 29 percent said they are collecting logs, 17 percent are reporting on activities and controls, 23 percent are monitoring user activity, and 18 percent are tracking access to critical data and assets.

More than half of respondents (51 percent) cited budget issues as the primary inhibitor to securing virtual environments.

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