This week at VMworld 2020, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) unveiled new innovations to deliver intrinsic security to the world’s digital infrastructure. The solutions are designed to advance security for the public and private clouds, security operations and distributed workforces as organisations accelerate cloud adoption to build resilient, future ready digital infrastructure.
For many organisations, migrating to the cloud has had to happen quickly and at a large scale to ensure business continuity amid the global pandemic. As cloud computing infrastructures proliferate, vulnerabilities increase. Attacker sophistication, security threats, breaches, and exploits are more prevalent than ever. And today, security strategies are often vulnerable to attacks on modern cloud workloads.
“Amid global disruption, the key to survival for many companies has meant an accelerated shift to the cloud and ultimately, bolting on security products in their data centres,” said Sanjay Poonen, chief operating officer, Customer Operations, VMware. “But legacy security systems are no longer sufficient for organisations that are using the cloud as part of their computing infrastructure. It’s time to rethink security for the cloud, organisations need protection at the workload level, not just at the endpoint. The future of cloud must be met with a better way to secure data and applications.”
At VMworld 2020, VMware is delivering a range of solutions and services to help customers survive and thrive in the most turbulent times in generations. VMware’s cloud, app modernisation, networking, security and digital workspace platforms form a flexible, consistent digital foundation on which to build, run, manage, connect and protect applications, anywhere.
Security for the Private and Public Cloud
As organisations continue their journey towards cloud transformation and application modernisation, they require modern security solutions that are both powerful and easy to operationalise. Unveiled today, VMware Carbon Black Cloud WorkloadTM, delivers advanced protection purpose-built for better securing modern workloads to reduce the attack surface and strengthen security posture. This innovative solution combines prioritised vulnerability reporting and foundational workload hardening with industry-leading prevention, detection and response capabilities to protect workloads running in virtualised, private and hybrid cloud environments.
The solution combines Carbon Black’s security expertise with VMware’s deep knowledge of data centres to build security into workloads. VMware customers can experience the advanced new solution with a six-month unlimited free trial of VMware Carbon Black Cloud Workload Essentials, available for all current vSphere 6.5 and VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 customers.
Tightly integrated with VMware vSphere, VMware Carbon Black Cloud Workload provides agentless security that alleviates installation and management overhead and consolidates the collection of telemetry for multiple workload security use cases. This unified solution enables security and infrastructure teams to automatically help secure new and existing workloads at every point in the security lifecycle, while simplifying operations and consolidating the IT and security stack.
Workload security is especially complicated in hybrid data centre architectures that employ everything from physical, on-premises machines to multiple public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) environment to container-based application architectures. For security teams, VMware Carbon Black Cloud Workload will offer:
- Visibility to Identify Risk and Harden Workloads: Carbon Black Cloud Workload helps security and infrastructure teams focus on the most high-risk vulnerabilities and common exploits across their environments, because it’s not about finding the most vulnerabilities—it’s about finding the right ones. Prioritise vulnerabilities based on a combination of the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS), real-life exploitability and real-life frequency of attack, increase patching efficiency with best-in-class prioritisation, and take immediate action in vSphere Client.
- Prevention, Detection and Response to Advanced Attacks: Security teams often lack visibility and control in highly dynamic virtualised data centre environments. Carbon Black Cloud Workload protects workloads running in these environments by combining vulnerability assessment and workload hardening with industry leading next-generation antivirus (NGAV), workload behavioural monitoring, and endpoint detection and response (EDR) for workloads.
- Simplified Operations for IT and Security Teams: The VMware intrinsic approach builds security into the virtual fabric, enabling protection everywhere workloads are deployed, and eliminating the trade-off between security and operational simplicity. But organisations also need the infrastructure team to be able to operationalise more of security policy and hardening. That requires giving them the right visibility into risk, and the tools to harden workloads right inside their own consoles. Carbon Black Workload accomplishes this by building security risk visibility right into VMware vCenter, with the same visibility security operations see in Carbon Black Cloud – giving them a single source of truth. This will not only accelerate response to critical vulnerabilities and attacks, it will foster far greater collaboration between IT and security teams.
VMware will introduce expanded offerings for Carbon Black Cloud Workload later this year including a new module for hardening and better securing Kubernetes workloads. The new capabilities will give security teams governance capabilities and control of Kubernetes environments.
The Future of Security Operations
Security incident detection and response has never been more critical or more challenging. A July VMware Carbon Black report found 94 percent of organisations worldwide suffered a data breach1 from March 2019 to March 2020. Security operations teams need detection capabilities that go beyond discovering malicious software to discovering software being used maliciously. They need a broader set of “camera angles” that include endpoint, workload, network, user, and application. And they need a more holistic approach to responding to those threats given the connected nature of workloads and the applications they compose.
Extended Detection and Response (XDR) is the opportunity to do just that: provide a unified approach to security incident detection and response that can leverage multiple domains – from endpoint to workload to user to network. VMware is announcing its approach to XDR as part of a multi-year effort to build the most advanced and comprehensive security incident detection and response solutions available. The strategy leverages a combination of security technologies and platform integrations to create an XDR solution that is both extensible and intrinsic. The VMware XDR effort will include cross-platform integrations from various solutions including Workspace ONE, vSphere, Carbon Black Cloud, NSX Service-defined Firewall and more.
Security for the Distributed Workforce
The distributed workforce introduces a number of challenges ranging from employee on-boarding, visibility and compliance, security, employee safety and more. In order to address these challenges and successfully embrace the future of work, organisations need to re-think how they approach security, experience and operational complexity associated with the IT environment. Security must not only be intrinsic; it needs to be thought of in the context of employee experience to maximise productivity and engagement. To enable that differentiated approach, VMware today introduced, expanded capabilities for the VMware SASE Platform, Workspace Security VDI and Workspace Security Remote.
The new solutions will deliver end-to-end zero trust security controls, and simplified management – where VMware’s Secure Access Service Edge, Digital Workspace and Endpoint Security technologies work harmoniously across any application on any cloud to any device. For more information, please visit: VMware Announces Future-Ready Workforce Solutions to Address the Needs of the Distributed Workforce.
VMware NSX Advanced Threat Prevention
This expanded offering will bring together sandboxing, network traffic analysis and network detection and response capabilities acquired from Lastline with the NSX Firewall. VMware NSX Advanced Threat Prevention uses AI-powered network traffic analysis to analyse network traffic and uncover anomalous activity caused by an active threat in the network. These NTA capabilities use unsupervised and supervised machine learning models to accurately identify threats and minimise false positives compared to other network traffic analysis tools. The solution delivers an industry-first ability to apply virtual patches at every workload, something traditionally only implemented at the perimeter for advanced security for distributed workforces.
One-Click Integrations with Zscaler
VMware and Zscaler are introducing new end-to-end visibility and protection for distributed workforces. The one-click integrations will enable mutual customers to stop zero-day threats from impacting endpoints and enable true zero trust conditional access to internal applications.
The flexible prevention policies and endpoint response actions of VMware Carbon Black combined with the advanced threat protection, sandboxing, better secure private applications access capabilities, and visibility into files and corporate assets of Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange provide an endpoint-to-cloud solution that identifies risk across any environment. This mutual solution also prevents those risks from impacting endpoints, enables zero trust conditional access to internal applications, and automatically responds in real-time to any activity found to be malicious.
“As we quickly transitioned to a fully distributed workforce, it was critical for our security posture to align with the prominence of this moment and the critical role Zoom played in business continuity for our customers,” said Aparna Bawa, chief operating officer, Zoom. “The collaboration with VMware delivers a more secure digital workspace and enables endpoints in our organisation to be better safeguarded and compliant with IT security policies.”
VMware Carbon Black Cloud Workload is expected to be available in November 2020. The Carbon Black Cloud module for hardening and securing Kubernetes workloads is expected to be available in December 2020.
- Free Trial | VMware Carbon Black Cloud Workload Essentials
- Blog: Introducing VMware Carbon Black Cloud Workload
- Blog: XDR Defined
- VMware Carbon Black Partners: VMware Carbon Black and Zscaler Deliver End-to-end security across users, devices, and applications everywhere
News at VMworld 2020
Read a summary of today’s news from Chris Wolf: VMworld 2020: Innovating with the Expectation of Change
- VMware Announces Future-Ready Workforce Solutions to Address the Needs of the Distributed Workforce
- VMware Empowers Customers to Build their Multi-Cloud Future
- VMware Expands Tanzu Portfolio and Partnerships to Accelerate Customers’ Infrastructure and Application Modernisation Efforts
- VMware Unveils Project Monterey: Re-Imagining Hybrid Cloud Architecture to Support Next-Generation Applications
- VMware Delivers the Next Wave of Virtual Cloud Network Innovation to Connect and Protect Today’s Distributed, Multi-Cloud Enterprise
- For information on all news announcements at VMworld 2020, view the online media kit
For more information, please visit https://www.vmware.com/company.html.
- VMware Carbon Black, “Global Threat Report: Extended Enterprise Under Threat,” July 14, 2020.