VMware’s plan for intrinsic cloud security

Security Brief | March 04, 2020

VMware has announced the company’s strategy to make security intrinsic to the digital enterprise. Intrinsic security makes protecting critical applications and data more automated, proactive and pervasive across the entire distributed enterprise. The first aspect of the strategy is the new VMware Advanced Security for Cloud Foundation which will enable customers to replace legacy security solutions and deliver unified protection across private and public clouds. A survey commissioned by VMware and conducted by Forrester Consulting shows that 75% of respondents depend on perimeter firewalls, however, East-West security controls need to be different than those for traditional perimeter (North-South) security as 73% of respondents believe their existing East-West traffic is not adequately protected. VMware is specifically addressing the internal data centre security challenge with this solution, which will include recent acquisition Carbon Black technology, VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer with Web Application Firewall capabilities and VMware NSX Distributed IDS/IPS. All three will integrate into VMware vSphere for data centre workloads, enabling the security to follow workloads throughout their lifecycle.

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The purpose of the VMware vSphere 5.0 Evaluation Guide, Volume Two – Advanced Storage Features is to support a self-guided, hands-on evaluation of VMware vSphere® 5.0 (“vSphere”) advanced storage features such as vSphere Storage I/O Control (SIOC) and vSphere Storage DRS. This guide covers evaluation cases that are suitable for IT professionals who have an existing VMware virtualization environment and want to evaluate features in vSphere that enable greater storage automation and consolidation while maintaining service levels.

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The purpose of the VMware vSphere 5.0 Evaluation Guide, Volume Two – Advanced Storage Features is to support a self-guided, hands-on evaluation of VMware vSphere® 5.0 (“vSphere”) advanced storage features such as vSphere Storage I/O Control (SIOC) and vSphere Storage DRS. This guide covers evaluation cases that are suitable for IT professionals who have an existing VMware virtualization environment and want to evaluate features in vSphere that enable greater storage automation and consolidation while maintaining service levels.

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Introducing Meshnet - NordVPN’s New Feature

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NordVPN has unveiled Meshnet, a unique new feature that will enable users to connect directly to other devices rather than routing their data through a VPN server, cementing the company's position as an industry leader. “Whereas a traditional NordVPN connection redirects your internet traffic through servers, Meshnet lets you create your own NordVPN server, made up of only your own or your friends' devices, regardless of their location. All that’s needed is a NordVPN subscription,” says Vykintas Maknickas, product strategist at NordVPN. “This feature release is a gamechanger and will truly transform how our users utilize NordVPN. Our product team has been working relentlessly for the past few years, which really began with the development of our flagship technology — NordLynx — the bedrock behind Meshnet that allows us to provide amplified privacy solutions without sacrificing industry leading speed,” Vykintas Maknickas, product strategist at NordVPN To use Meshnet, users must first update their NordVPN app and ensure that they are linked through the NordLynx protocol, after which they can switch it on in the NordVPN app and connect up to 10 personal and/or 50 external devices. NordVPN is a subsidiary of Nord Security. Nord Security is confident in its ability to become an all-around cybersecurity solution. In addition to NordVPN, the cybersecurity firm offers three more market-leading products: NordPass, a next-generation password manager; NordLocker, an encrypted cloud storage solution; and NordLayer, an advanced network access security solution for organizations.

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McAfee and Telstra Partner to Bring Privacy, Identity and Security Solutions to Customers Across Australia

McAfee | July 12, 2022

McAfee Corp., a global leader in online protection, announced a multi-year partnership with Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology company, to deliver comprehensive protection to safeguard the privacy and identity of consumers across activities, devices, and locations. The partnership will grant new and existing Telstra customers easy access to McAfee’s leading security solutions to deliver holistic security and privacy protection through its integrated suite of services including Antivirus, Parental Controls, Identity Protection, Secure VPN and more, to protect and secure multiple devices including mobiles, PCs and laptops. “A recent McAfee study found 27% of Australians surveyed reported attempted account theft and 23% had experienced financial account information leaks,” said Pedro Gutierrez, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Operations at McAfee. “As the proliferation of life online accelerates, we are thrilled to be partnering with Telstra who are showing through this collaboration, a commitment to innovation and to their customers by investing in new infrastructure and technologies that safeguard their mobile and broadband subscribers.” McAfee’s integrated consumer security platform offers a wide array of mobile security solutions to protect customers’ privacy and identity while blocking viruses, malware, spyware, and ransomware attacks. This partnership allows Telstra’s customers to take advantage of these capabilities and protect themselves from additional threats including potential hacks, identity theft and broader gaps in online and mobile security so they can live life confidently online. “In today’s increasingly connected world the risk of cyber threats continues to grow. To counter the risk, Telstra is committed to providing our customers with the safety and security features needed to protect them online,” said Matthew O’Brien, Cyber Security Executive and Group Owner at Telstra. “This partnership with McAfee helps drive our mission to build a safe and secure connected future where everyone can thrive, and further complements Telstra’s T25 ambition to extend our network leadership position by delivering greater value to our customers.” To activate Device Security, Telstra customers can simply go in-store, online or to their MyTelstra app. The full suite of McAfee features supported include Antivirus/System Scan, Safe Browsing, Protection Center, Identity Protection, Password Manager, Parental Controls, Protection Score and Secure VPN. All eligible Telstra customers can try Device Security for three months on Telstra, then auto-roll onto $10/month after. About McAfee McAfee Corp. is a global leader in online protection. Focused on protecting people, not just devices, McAfee’s solutions adapt to users’ needs in an always online world, empowering them to live securely through integrated, intuitive solutions that protect their families and communities with the right security at the right moment.

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VMware Furthers Commitment to Public Sector, Achieves Expanded FedRAMP High Authorization

VMware | July 22, 2022

VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today announced that it has achieved Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) High Authorization through the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) for VMware Government Services, which includes VMware Carbon Black Cloud and VMware SD-WAN on AWS GovCloud (US). These cloud services are designed to empower US government agencies and customers supporting the US government to migrate, manage, and operate sensitive workloads in the cloud. VMware Government Services is now available on the FedRAMP Marketplace. Across the public sector, agencies are laying the groundwork for multi-cloud-adoption. With expanded FedRAMP Authorized offerings at the High Impact Level, VMware can help agencies accelerate their digital transformation timelines. VMware Government Services provides software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, and infrastructure-as-a-service capabilities, delivering modern applications at the speed that government agencies demand and enabling them to operate across data centers, the edge, and cloud. VMware Carbon Black Cloud, VMware SD-WAN and VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud (US), are cost-effective, more secure and compliant offerings that government agencies can now seamlessly leverage to modernize their infrastructures and accelerate multi-cloud initiatives. “VMware continues to invest to help government agencies leverage the power of the cloud and evolve IT infrastructures, Achieving expanded FedRAMP authorizations enables us to meet our customers wherever they are on their digital transformation journeys to help them innovate faster and create resiliency while adhering to the highest security and compliance standards. These additional accreditations further our commitment to our public sector customers to help them better serve and meet mission demands.” Jennifer Chronis, vice president, public sector, VMware Empowering the Public Sector to See and Stop More Threats VMware Carbon Black Cloud on AWS GovCloud (US) has received FedRAMP High Authorization amid an increasing demand by federal agencies for cloud-delivered security. Public sector customers can now deploy the modern endpoint security and advanced workload protection required to stay one step ahead of adversaries as geopolitically fueled cyberattacks increase. This authorization underscores VMware Carbon Black Cloud’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to threats on endpoints and server workloads from a single console for improved visibility and simplified operations. Powered by VMware Contexa, VMware Carbon Black Cloud delivers authoritative intelligence that enables federal customers to correlate threats across their environments. This designation solidifies VMware Carbon Black Cloud’s position as a trusted security platform helping the US government protect its most critical assets. As a founding member of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative, VMware is also a trusted national security partner participating in public-private sector collaboration, threat intelligence sharing and cyber defense planning. In addition, VMware Carbon Black Cloud is pursuing authorization to operate at Department of Defense (DoD) Impact Level (IL-4) to expand its federal footprint to U.S. DoD and Defense Industrial Base customers. Secure, Reliable Access to Cloud Apps & Services from Anywhere VMware SD-WAN is an industry-leading software-defined WAN solution, that connects users across distributed locations more safely, reliably, and efficiently to cloud-based applications, cloud services and agency data centers. 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Enabling Accelerated Multi-Cloud Adoption In April, VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud (US) achieved FedRAMP High JAB authorization as well as DISA Impact Level 5 (IL5) provisional authorization. VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud (US) supports critical public sector use cases, including data center extension, cloud migration, virtual desktops, disaster recovery, and application modernization. Now in its third year of operation, VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud (US) is serving a wide range of mission owners with availability in both US-East and US-West. VMware is committed to achieving FedRAMP authorization for additional services. VMware Government Services will help fast-track authorizations enabling agencies to accelerate innovation and multi-cloud adoption on VMware’s trusted digital foundation. About VMware VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. 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