VMware | June 03, 2022
VMware Inc. announced today substantial updates to its unique lateral security capabilities to assist clients in achieving robust security for both contemporary and old applications across multi-cloud environments. Contexa, VMware's full-fidelity threat intelligence tool that watches the entirety of VMware's network, endpoint, and client technologies, was launched ahead of the RSA Conference 2022. VMware is enhancing its security and management offering by combining standard security analytics with augmented threat information via Contexa.
“Threat actors are increasingly deploying sophisticated infiltration tactics, including the use of stolen credentials in order to exploit vulnerabilities and hide in the noise of normalcy. In a world where the stakes in security continue to rise, lateral security has become the new battleground. Combining VMware Contexa with our architectural advantage, VMware exclusively sees every process running in an endpoint, every packet crossing the network, every access point, and the inner workings of both traditional and modern apps to identify and stop threats others can’t.”
Tom Gillis, senior vice president and general manager, Networking and Advanced Security Business Group, VMware
Attackers have nowhere to hide thanks to VMware Contexa.
VMware Contexa is a threat intelligence cloud that detects what other solutions don't and prevents what other solutions can't. Contexa sees and understands the internal workings of both contemporary and classic applications every step of the way—from user to device, to network, to run time, to data—due to its privileged position in the infrastructure.
Every day, VMware Contexa captures and analyzes approximately 1.5 trillion endpoint eventsi and 10 billion network flowsii, as well as carefully selected threat intelligence data obtained via technology partnerships. This rich information is evaluated further utilizing machine learning and the expertise of over 500 researchers from VMware's Threat Analysis Unit and incident response partners. Contexa now detects over 2.2 billion suspicious behaviors each dayiii, providing zero touch detection and automatic, graded reaction for more than 80% of these occurrences.
Contexa, which is included into every VMware security solution, will be free to all new and current clients. The business that pioneered virtualization is now protecting virtual machines like no other—and innovating in contemporary application security.
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VMware | June 29, 2022
VMware, a U.S.-based cloud computing and virtualization technology company, announced the introduction of VMware vSAN+ and VMware vSphere+ to assist organizations in extending hybrid cloud services on-premises, simplifying operations with centralized structures, and increasing developer speed with integrated Kubernetes.
Launched as a technology preview named Project Arctic at VMworld 2021, these novel solutions help enterprises bring the benefits of the cloud to their existing on-premises infrastructure by providing a flexible subscription model, access to new hybrid cloud services, and centralized cloud-based infrastructure management.
"VMware vSphere+ and VMware vSAN+ represent the next major evolution of those foundational solutions that customers know and trust." He added, "Wherever customers are on their digital transformation journey and in executing their cloud strategy, vSphere+ and vSAN+ will help accelerate their transformation by bringing the benefits of cloud to their existing on-premises infrastructure and workloads, along with simplified consumption via a flexible subscription model."
Krish Prasad, senior vice president and general manager for VMware Cloud Platform Business, Cloud Infrastructure Business Group, VMware
VMware vSAN+ and VMware vSphere+ are critical parts of the VMware Cloud strategy to provide compatible infrastructure with value-added proficiencies across distributed environments. These solutions allow organizations to activate add-on hybrid cloud services.
Gary Chen, IDC Research Director, Software Defined Compute, mentioned, "The transformation of on-premises infrastructure with cloud services is an emerging modernization trend that IDC is seeing draw significant interest from enterprises." He also said, "By enabling the ubiquitous datacenter hypervisor with cloud services, users will be able to onboard innovative capabilities that can be delivered immediately and fully managed from the cloud to address a broad range of pain points such as management efficiency, scale-out Kubernetes operations, and DR. The future possibilities of this delivery model, such as with vSphere+ and vSAN+, are endless and can be a key tool for enterprises to modernize their existing infrastructure quickly with minimal burden."
"VMware vSphere+ blurs the line between on-premises and cloud," stated Vishal Gupta, CIO for Lexmark. "The combination of cloud operating model with familiar toolsets will be a big win for us."
EXABEAM | June 07, 2022
Today, the XDR Alliance welcomed VMware as a new member. This is the alliance's newest cybersecurity innovator to join and proclaim a commitment to an open, inclusive, and collaborative extended detection and response (XDR) architecture. By bringing expertise in endpoint, workload, and network security efficacy, as well as developing threat detection capabilities, VMware expands the alliance's technological reach.
Gorka Sadowski, chief strategy officer, Exabeam and founder of the XDR Alliance said that “We are thrilled to add VMware to the XDR Alliance as we continuously work towards improving security for the industry at large. Most of today’s cyber attacks feature advanced tactics such as lateral movement that target legitimate tools to inflict damage. By welcoming VMware to the XDR Alliance, we can utilize its endpoint, workload, and network security expertise to drive the open XDR mission forward and ensure it is addressing these sophisticated threats.”
“Carbon Black was one of the earliest pioneers of endpoint detection and response (EDR) which fundamentally transformed security by acknowledging comprehensive telemetry is essential to defending against evolving attacks. XDR expands this concept beyond the endpoint to enable better detection, investigation, and response. Rather than building walled gardens that lock customers in, VMware believes in aligning to how customers buy and use security solutions today to enable a multi-vendor XDR solution that is far better than what any one company or closed partner program can provide.”
Jason Rolleston, VP, Product Management, VMware
The Charter of the XDR Alliance
The XDR Alliance's charter is to define and encourage an open XDR framework and architecture that works best for end users; to assist SecOps teams in better integrating new and evolving applications and technologies; to make it easier for SecOps teams to deliver on the value-add use cases that their organizations need; to ensure interoperability across the XDR security vendor solutions set; and to join forces on XDR market education and awareness.
Members of the XDR Alliance represent complementary technologies in security analytics, security information and event management (SIEM), endpoint, email, identity, cloud, network, and OT/IoT security and threat intelligence, and they work together to provide open XDR and threat detection, investigation, and response (TDIR). Managed security service providers (MSSPs), managed detection and response services (MDRs), and systems integrators are also alliance subcategories (SIs).
Armis, CyberArk, Exabeam, Expel, ExtraHop, Google Cloud Security, Mimecast, Netskope, Recorded Future, SentinelOne, and VMware are among the founding and new members of the XDR Alliance.