The vast majority of cyberattacks that affect physical machines can also attack virtual machines. Moreover, the risks within virtual environments can be even higher. Although virtualization can improve IT agility and efficiency, it also adds extra layers of technology. Maintaining visibility of each layer of technology – and how they interact – can be difficult. Many virtual environments naturally contain a greater number of ‘attack surfaces’ – and that gives cybercriminals more opportunities to attack the business.
Virtual Machines Need Security Designed for Virtual Machines
Most businesses have found that, as virtualization spreads to more areas of their IT estate, their overall virtual environment becomes much more complex. Today, a typical enterprise’s virtual environment will include a wide range of different technologies – with many running under different hypervisors. Again, all of this diverse infrastructure needs to be protected against data breach and cyberattacks – but standard security technologies are not well suited to virtual environments.