Friday, 04 June 2021 12:33

VMware introduces solutions for distributed workforces and addresses new security challenges


The quick pace of digital transformation has caused attackers to take advantage of the situation. Addressing this problem, VMWare unveils its solutions to help organisations manage their operations and strengthen their security.

VMware announces innovations to secure the world’s digital infrastructure and anywhere workspaces. To address the changing threat landscape, VMware is beefing security to help organisations protect all control points and simplifying Zero-Trust security.

Patrick Morley, VMware senior vice president and general manager, security business unit, notes: “Attacks are more destructive, adversaries are more sophisticated, and breaches are more damaging than ever before. We are now at a fundamental inflection point and must put the power back in the hands of defenders. It is time for a new approach to security that is simpler, faster, and smarter to help keep the world safe from cyberattacks.”

Frank Dickson, IDC program vice president security and trust, says: “Between the rapid move to cloud, the adoption of new tools, and the lack of collaboration between security and DevOps teams, we have entered an era of complexity never seen before.”

Dickson laments how organisations are still damaged by attacks. “Complexity is the enemy of security and by default, resiliency. Organisations are still getting breached because we have not put security first in our digital transformation initiatives. VMware looks to provide security teams with a simplified, built-in approach to defend against emerging threats faster and smarter.”

To effectively implement a Zero-Trust approach, organisations need real-time intelligence to orchestrate security controls across distributed environments. VMware continues to build security into digital infrastructure to help customers gain context from their environments and reduce the attack surface without adding operational complexity.

This connected approach brings together critical user control points, devices, workloads and networks with the necessary data from all sources for a simpler Zero-Trust strategy.

To address the shift to distributed workforces and security challenges, VMware introduces VMware Anywhere Workspace, a solution said to help companies deliver better and more secure experiences to their employees. VMware Anywhere Workspace brings together VMware Workspace One, VMware Sase, and VMware Carbon Black Cloud, empowering organisations anywhere to manage multi-modal employee experience, better secure the distributed edge, and automate the workspace.

VMware threat research found that despite perimeter defences being deployed, malicious actors are actively operating in the network.

Enterprises need a better way to defend the large volumes of internal (east/west) network traffic flowing within data centres against cyberattacks, VMWare says. The VMware NSX Service-defined Firewall, claims VMWare, is the only distributed, scale-out internal firewall capable of 20 Tbps throughput that protects all east-west traffic across all workloads without network changes. It includes a stateful L4-L7 firewall, an intrusion detection/prevention system (IDS/IPS), network sandbox, and behaviour-based network traffic analysis. With the NSX Service-defined firewall, security teams can better protect the data centre traffic across virtual, physical, and cloud workloads from internal threats and avoid damage from threats that make it past the network perimeter.

Better secure modern applications and cloud workloads to enable a flexible workspace
Organisations surveyed by VMware report that 90% of application initiatives are focused on modernisation. VMware is said to better protect modern application environments with VMware Carbon Black Cloud Container and the VMware Modern Application Connectivity solution. VMware Carbon Black Cloud Container analyses and controls application risks before they are deployed into production, enabling collaboration between InfoSec and DevOps teams to reduce risk and protect public cloud and on-premises Kubernetes environments. The VMware Modern Apps Connectivity solution offers a set of integrated application delivery services that enable operators to centrally manage end-to-end application traffic routing, resiliency, and security policies across multi-site environments and clouds.

Redefining security
Angel MedFlight helps patients and their families reach hospitals across the country for specialised care.

“Angel MedFlight relies heavily on VMware’s product lines, whether it’s our Workspace ONE deployment, our use of SD-WAN or our use of Carbon Black solutions to help secure our environment,” says Paul Green, chief development officer, Angel MedFlight. “Our focus needs to be entirely on our patients and our patients’ families, so having a scalable solution that’s out of the box is critical. VMware delivers that single pane of glass.”

World Wide Technology provides digital strategy, technology, and supply chain solutions to large public and private organisations around the globe. “With VMware, our security teams and our operations teams can maintain the single pane of glass they’re used to using,” vets Matt Berry, principal security advisor, World Wide Technology. “Through leveraging VMware Carbon Black Cloud and vCenter capabilities, our teams can easily maintain visibility without losing functionality.”

Red Canary enables every organisation to make its impact without fear of cyberattacks. “We’re seeing a massive surge in cyberattacks, which has put a strain on the incident response providers of the world,” warns Chris Rothe, co-founder and chief product officer, Red Canary.

He concludes: “VMware Carbon Black has always been one of the best incident response tools available to defenders. The VMware security solutions have helped us amid this increase in attacks as we are able to quickly get a handle on a breach and turn the tide against the bad guys.”

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