SAN FRANCISCO: The introduction of virtualised systems is bringing new risks to enterprise security, according to vendors.
Security firm HyTrust said that as management tools become more converged and administrators are able to manage infrastructure through a single pane of glass, traditional checks and balances go out the window and the potential arises for one rogue employee to wipe out large sections of virtualised systems.
Eric Chiu, HyTrust president, told V3 that the convergence of management tools has helped to erase many security protocols baked in to previous IT management systems, where controls were divided among a series of specialised posts.
"With one single administrator you get this very simple management, but at the same time you are putting all your eggs in one basket," Chiu explained
"It is going to get worse with Nicira and the software-defined data centre, the more functions you put into that cloud management layer the more issues you create in having too much management and power into one single person."
Chiu cited recent incidents, including a 2011 incident in which a rogue administrator destroyed more than a dozen virtual servers belonging to pharmaceutical firm Shionogi.
The company is hoping to help alleviate the problem by adding protections to its security appliance which require secondary approval, claimed Chiu. The appliance will analyse administrator activity and then apply policies to notify other executives and administrators.
Before the task can be executed, a secondary source will be required to review the situation and sign off on the requested activity.
"Every customer tells us a story about an administrator that accidentally deleted something important," Chiu said.
"They want to be able to prevent that in an easy, automated workflow way."
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