Welcome!

Agile Computing Authors: Carmen Gonzalez, Yeshim Deniz, Pat Romanski, Sematext Blog, Liz McMillan

Blog Feed Post

Secure VDI In The Age Of Botnets

By David Parkinson, strategic development manager, UK & Ireland, for Wick Hill

It's not often that news from the information security industry reaches the early evening TV slots. However, the major disruption caused recently to the Gameover Zeus (GOZ) botnet certainly did.

In a collaborative effort to combat the botnet, the intelligence agencies of different countries, as well as leading information security vendors, worked together on the problem. They managed to give users a two week clear window in which to get their house in order, before command and control of the botnet was likely to have been won back by the instigators.

This collaborative action to stymie GOZ will surely be something we see more of in the future, as we strive to disrupt the increasingly fast, global spread of malware.

Indeed, this global collaboration theme was a key topic at the CPX Barcelona event in May, when Check Point announced the launch of ThreatCloud IntelliStore, a global marketplace for customers to select highly specific, relevant intelligence feeds from the likes of Crowdstrike and iSIGHT Partners ,and convert that intelligence automatically into additional protection, without further infrastructure change.

While GOZ itself is extremely dangerous, because it looks for banking and financial information on an infected host, its ability to download and install other malware, routinely CryptoLocker, makes it especially treacherous. As the FBI.gov page on the disruption action notes, it is estimated that around $30 million was paid in CryptoLocker ransoms between September and December 2013 alone. It's not surprising that Sky News ran a story reporting Cybercrime to be 'As lucrative as the drugs trade'.

While GOZ and CryptoLocker are undeniably an enormous problem for consumers worldwide, their effect on organisations from small businesses through to enterprises and public sector bodies is just as serious.

For a small business, with say twenty to two hundred PCs out in the (often remote) field, some infrastructure needs to be deployed, configured and trusted so malware can be detected and removed at the endpoint, and of course, preferably prevented from reaching the network and endpoint in the first place. For larger organisations, that problem is magnified, though they may have more resource with which to tackle the complexities.

While the viewpoint that we need new ways of looking at the problem can be wholly understood, and that we need to encourage vendors to be innovative, we also need to recognise that organisations need to work with the tools that are available to them today.

The increased publicity around PC malware infestation may encourage organisations to look again at centrally hosted desktop services, for at least a portion of their users, and may encourage service providers to take the opportunity to look again at their offerings.

For example, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) could be considered if it could provide the benefit of improved security, and better management of that security.

One of the problems with endpoint protection in VDI is the potential replication of the endpoint agent to each guest operating system. This can cause storms of traffic during updates, create replicas of databases, and create a high processing overhead during scans. Hypervisor level protection can provide a solution to this, though that is often limited to file level scanning.

One solution would be a virtual appliance sitting on a host, with a small agent within each guest on the host, that then communicates with the virtual appliance.

The "Light Agent" approach from Kaspersky Lab provides the benefits of hypervisor level protection, along with the fuller protections associated with an agent installed on a desktop (malware control, application control, device control etc).

Having more desktops within just such a centralised environment means that they can often be kept secure more reliably, that they can provide a safer working environment for the user, and that they can be backed up more effectively. This might be a strategy worth looking at again. It will be interesting to see which service providers look to differentiate their services by providing such levels of protection.

Quite rightly, a centralised desktop infrastructure requires secure and flexible access to the data centre. This access might be required by regular VDI users who are looking to centralise desktop resources as described earlier, remote workers in the field, or perhaps users who are invoking a disaster recovery plan.

These different user groups may have very different requirements from their local computing hardware. A regular user would possibly find a tablet cumbersome to work with throughout the day and require a laptop or conventional "PC" setup, with keyboard and mouse, while remote workers may find access from a tablet far more convenient for the tasks they need to complete away from a desk.

A key user needing occasional access, or an IT Manager looking for a convenient ICE (In case of emergency) solution, might find a palm sized system-on-chip device that can be plugged into any HDMI monitor and connect wirelessly to network and input devices, the ideal solution for distribution and portability.

Such flexibility of device choice, tied with the security that only centralised management across all devices can provide (including remote device wipe), together with port and application control, makes Becrypt's tVolution suite suitable for any organisation looking to provide comprehensive secure access options into VDI services.

All this isn't at all to say that VDI is a panacea to the current wave of high profile malware distribution, but it is another tactic that can be considered after carefully looking at the tools at our current disposal.

About Wick Hill
Established in 1976, value added distributor Wick Hill specialises in secure IP infrastructure solutions. The company sources and delivers best-of-breed, easy-to-use solutions through its channel partners, with a portfolio that covers security, performance, access, networking, convergence, storage and hosted solutions.

Wick Hill is part of the Wick Hill Group, based in Woking, Surrey with sister offices in Hamburg. Wick Hill is particularly focused on providing a wide range of value added support for its channel partners. This includes a strong lead generation and conversion programme, technical and consultancy support for reseller partners in every stage of the sales process, and extensive training facilities. For more information about Wick Hill, please visit http://www.wickhill.com/company/company-profile or www.twitter.com/wickhill

ENDS

For further press information, please contact Annabelle Brown on 01326 318212, email [email protected]. For reader queries, contact Wick Hill on 01483 227600. Web http://www.wickhill.com

Source: RealWire

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By RealWire News Distribution

RealWire is a global news release distribution service specialising in the online media. The RealWire approach focuses on delivering relevant content to the receivers of our client's news releases. As we know that it is only through delivering relevance, that influence can ever be achieved.

@ThingsExpo Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that T-Mobile will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc., is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company's advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 67.4 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on ...
@GonzalezCarmen has been ranked the Number One Influencer and @ThingsExpo has been named the Number One Brand in the “M2M 2016: Top 100 Influencers and Brands” by Analytic. Onalytica analyzed tweets over the last 6 months mentioning the keywords M2M OR “Machine to Machine.” They then identified the top 100 most influential brands and individuals leading the discussion on Twitter.
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
Five years ago development was seen as a dead-end career, now it’s anything but – with an explosion in mobile and IoT initiatives increasing the demand for skilled engineers. But apart from having a ready supply of great coders, what constitutes true ‘DevOps Royalty’? It’ll be the ability to craft resilient architectures, supportability, security everywhere across the software lifecycle. In his keynote at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Jeffrey Scheaffer, GM and SVP, Continuous Delivery Busine...
New competitors, disruptive technologies, and growing expectations are pushing every business to both adopt and deliver new digital services. This ‘Digital Transformation’ demands rapid delivery and continuous iteration of new competitive services via multiple channels, which in turn demands new service delivery techniques – including DevOps. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Co-Chair Andi Mann, panelists will examine how DevOps helps to meet th...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Juniper Networks challenges the status quo with products, solutions and services that transform the economics of networking. The company co-innovates with customers and partners to deliver automated, scalable and secure network...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with 20th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry p...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Hitachi, the leading provider the Internet of Things and Digital Transformation, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., offers an integrated portfolio of services and solutions that enable digital transformation through enhanced data management, governance, mobility and analytics. We help globa...
The explosion of new web/cloud/IoT-based applications and the data they generate are transforming our world right before our eyes. In this rush to adopt these new technologies, organizations are often ignoring fundamental questions concerning who owns the data and failing to ask for permission to conduct invasive surveillance of their customers. Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather data telemetry without offering shared data ownership risk product rejection, regu...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi LTD., will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City. Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) will be featuring the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) portfolio. This is the industry’s only offering that allows organizations to bring together object storage, file sync and share, cloud storage gateways, and sophisticated search an...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
NHK, Japan Broadcasting, will feature the upcoming @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley in a special 'Internet of Things' and smart technology documentary that will be filmed on the expo floor between November 3 to 5, 2015, in Santa Clara. NHK is the sole public TV network in Japan equivalent to the BBC in the UK and the largest in Asia with many award-winning science and technology programs. Japanese TV is producing a documentary about IoT and Smart technology and will be covering @ThingsExpo Silicon Val...
The age of Digital Disruption is evolving into the next era – Digital Cohesion, an age in which applications securely self-assemble and deliver predictive services that continuously adapt to user behavior. Information from devices, sensors and applications around us will drive services seamlessly across mobile and fixed devices/infrastructure. This evolution is happening now in software defined services and secure networking. Four key drivers – Performance, Economics, Interoperability and Trust ...
Most technology leaders, contemporary and from the hardware era, are reshaping their businesses to do software in the hope of capturing value in IoT. Although IoT is relatively new in the market, it has already gone through many promotional terms such as IoE, IoX, SDX, Edge/Fog, Mist Compute, etc. Ultimately, irrespective of the name, it is about deriving value from independent software assets participating in an ecosystem as one comprehensive solution.
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CollabNet, a global leader in enterprise software development, release automation and DevOps solutions, will be a Bronze Sponsor of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, taking place from June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CollabNet offers a broad range of solutions with the mission of helping modern organizations deliver quality software at speed. The company’s latest innovation, the DevOps Lifecycle Manager (DLM), supports Value S...
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" pr...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Hitachi, the leading provider the Internet of Things and Digital Transformation, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., offers an integrated portfolio of services and solutions that enable digital transformation through enhanced data management, governance, mobility and analytics. We help globa...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in compute, storage and networking technologies, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Supermicro (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology, is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/...