Virtualised Infrastructure Security

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Virtualised Infrastructure Security

A torn-down virtual infrastructure creates risks for any business. And it can have a significant impact on how quickly you can retrieve your data and resume operations following an attack.

These days, many businesses use virtualised infrastructure for more straightforward data storage. It’s because this approach is superior to physical solutions due to enhanced flexibility, straightforward provisioning, and affordable pricing. However, this model also requires a comprehensive approach to security. 

There’s a much greater risk of data loss, as many tools and practices for physical data protection are nearly useless in the virtual setting. Virtual threats are different, that’s why you need to think beyond traditional perimeter protection. 

So, if you’re using a virtualised infrastructure for data storage, keep reading as this article discusses the risks of improper virtualised infrastructure security and talks about ways you can improve it. 

Don’t Leave Your Virtualised Infrastructure to Chance

Virtualisation security is crucial for every business’s security strategy. After all, we now live in a world of virtualised environments and need to apply security to all its layers. Let’s explore three of the most common virtualisation security issues. 

1. External Attacks

These are a real threat to virtualised infrastructure. If hackers enter your host-level or server management software, they can easily access other crucial parts of your system. They can create a new user, assign admin rights, and then use that power to extract or destroy your company’s sensitive data. 

2. File Sharing and Copy-Pasting

Host and virtual machine (VM) sharing is normally disabled. The same goes for copy-pasting elements between the remote management console and the VM. You can tweak the default settings by tweaking the ESXi host system, but this action isn’t recommended. 

Why?  Because if a hacker gains access to your management console, they’d be able to copy data outside your virtual environment or install malware into your virtual machine. 

3. Viruses

Virtual machines, or VM, are prone to many attacks, with ransomware being among the most popular ones. For this reason, it’s crucial to keep regular backups of your website data and store them off-site at a place where they can’t be encrypted by hackers. If you fail to perform backups, you may find yourself in a situation where hackers could ask you for money to decipher your data.  Restoring a VM is quite tricky even if you perform regular backups. Therefore, you need to educate your team members on alleviating the risk of getting ransomware and other viruses. 

Prioritize the Security of Your Virtual Infrastructure

If you never gave much importance to virtualised infrastructure security, doing so should be your priority now. Given the number of possible threats, protecting your VMs from unauthorized data sharing, viruses, and other types of attacks is crucial. 

All aspects of your physical and virtual components need to be protected to avoid issues. If this topic is all Greek to you, you’re not alone. The reality is that many business owners have struggled with the same problem. However, you can reach out to us for a 10-15-minute chat where we can discuss how you can bring the security of your virtualised infrastructure to the next level.

Robert Brown
27/04/2022

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