vShield Endpoint with vSphere 6.0

I've heard some questions regarding vShield Endpoint being supported with vSphere 6.0.  Some of the confusion has come from various announcements of End of Availability and End of Support for vCloud Networking and Security.  Before I answer the question of using vShield Endpoint with vSphere 6.0, let's first look at the history of the vShield product line to see where the confusion may come from.  There has been many changes due to the rapid pace of innovation and developments in virtual networking and security: May 2009: vShield Zones 1.0 released, providing an application-aware … [Read more...]

How To Remove Superfish Adware from Lenovo Laptops

I started seeing reports of adware/malware being installed on Lenovo laptops yesterday.  The story is picking up steam today (Wired covered it here), and that's a good thing because this little bit of adware poses some significant risks.  The program causing the problem, Visual Discovery, was pre-installed by Lenovo on some laptop models since August 2014.  Visual Discovery causes pop-up ads and inserts ads in web pages that directs traffic to suspicious or even harmful 3rd party websites.  The ads it serves are craftily injected into Google search results and other pages that you expect to be … [Read more...]

Security, Compliance and Audit for VMware vSphere Environments

VMware released the vSphere 5 Security Hardening Guide on June 1, 2012.  The guide provides customers with an exhaustive list of security guidelines and best practices, plus a set of scriptlets to help automate the application of the guidelines.  The guide is in Excel format and provides details on vulnerabilities, controls, assessment procedures, and remediation steps to harden VMware vSphere (including ESXi, vCenter, vNetworks, and VM’s). The guide is available for download here.  While customers with regulatory requirements (HIPAA, SOX, PCI, FISMA, etc.) will benefit most from this guide, … [Read more...]