Virtualization security is concerning business more and more, although there are still doubts whether a specialized software is needed for this. This are the results of a worldwide survey held by Kaspersky Lab.
In a media statement made by the security research company, it said that: “The survey results also show that businesses have again arrived at the intersection of performance and security for their IT systems and that balancing these two requirements continues to be a challenge. Using traditional security to protect virtual endpoints appears to be a major cause of performance woes across the IT industry.”
64% of IT decision makers said that when going with a virtual infrastructure – security needs to be one of the first factors being looked at. 52% also agreed that virtual environments are increasingly forming a core part of their business IT infrastructure.
“the survey also indicates businesses are worried that securing their virtual environment sacrifices its performance. In fact, 39% agreed that adding security to virtualized infrastructure makes it run more slowly. A drop in performance is also a major concern for businesses, with 55% reporting that the performance of virtualized servers is critical for their business,” Kaspersky experts wrote. The current state of virtualization is that is now at a crossroads of sorts: The top requirements from it are Performance and Security, but and increase in the latter often hinders the former. But the survey also revealed some interesting points – 46% of those asked, said they believe “virtual environments can be adequately protected by conventional security solutions designed to protect physical systems.” 24% believe that “my existing anti-malware solution provides better protection and performance than other specialist solutions.”
Kaspersky experts wrote that “These points reveal a widely-held belief that traditional anti-malware, designed for securing physical endpoints, provides adequate protection for virtual networks. However, these points also show that IT managers fail to account for the drain on virtual performance that these physical security solutions can incur. A broader understanding of the performance drain caused by traditional physical security when applied to virtual machines may be the key to boosting virtual infrastructure security levels worldwide”.
Kaspersky concludes that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for any virtual environment , and also cites an independent study performed by AV-Test, It was found that “traditional endpoint security solutions took much longer – in some cases almost twice as long – to process numerous virtual desktops booting up at the same time, which is a situation every IT manager encounters around 9:00 AM every work day. The test also found that these “old-school” security measures consumed between 40%-65% more system resources than Kaspersky Lab’s specialized virtual security solution when protecting multiple machines.”