Though the top two security concerns were 'The potential for the hypervisor to create a single-point of entry into multiple machines instances' (58.1 percent) and 'The introduction of a new layer that can be attacked' (56.6 percent), the threat of VM sprawl and the potential to create invisible machines (53.9 percent) was almost as worrisome.
In the rush to virtualization, security seems to be an afterthought, according to a survey of 302 IT professionals by security vendor Prism Microsystems. Though these pros seem aware of the dangers that come with virtualization, many are using get-by strategies and failing to heed best practices. Those practices could prove to be costly in the end – especially if there’s a data breach. That’s why, with money so tight, Prism Microsystems’ Steve Lafferty, VP of marketing, advocates for a “single point of control to seamlessly monitor the entire IT infrastructure, from the physical to the virtual.”