The challenges of secure virtualisation
Server virtualization offers insurers many cost, resource-management, and efficiency benefits but not without unique security risks. While each virtual machine on the physical server demands its own malware security, anti-malware solutions are seldom “virtually aware”, and a simultaneous full system scan slows down host performance.
Conventional VM security can’t scan or update dormant machines, posing significant risk to virtual environments. Machines are brought online with virus pattern files out of date and vulnerable to malware infections. In the high-use insurance environment, patching is minimal or non-existent exposing vulnerabilities to internal and external attacks.