February 26, 2008

NetIQ Extends Policy Compliance and Assessment to VMware Environments

Adherence to Security Industry Best-Practice Benchmark Increases Confidence around Migrating Applications to Virtual Machines in Production

Press Release


Organizations are embracing virtualized environments for the cost savings they bring to the enterprise. In order to move a VMware environment from test to production, it is critical for organizations to ensure that the applications deployed on virtual machines have the same level of performance, availability and security they have in the physical world. To help ensure secure migration to and maintenance of virtual environments, NetIQ Corporation, an Attachmate business, today announced its adherence to industry-set security configuration standards and best practices, as NetIQ® Secure Configuration Manager™ (SCM) has achieved the Center for Internet Security (CIS) Benchmark for VMware ESX Server 3.x.

An increasing number of companies are recognizing the cost savings benefits—specifically during these energy conscious times—of reduced power output that comes from migrating to a virtualized environment. Leading industry analyst firm, Gartner Inc., predicts that by 2009, 60% of production virtual machines will be less secure than their physical counterparts as the rapid implementation of virtual machines breaks down some of the old security disciplines in the data center.¹

Automating security precautions to ensure that applications are secure against vulnerabilities and threats is an essential element of moving VMware projects from the testing phase to actual production. SCM's adherence to the CIS Benchmark for VMware ESX Server 3.x provides assurance for customers that they have the correct configuration of ESX servers as defined by CIS, thereby protecting VMware servers against Denial of Service and other potential security vulnerabilities.

"Migrating to the virtualized infrastructure requires the same service levels—performance, availability, security—as the physical environment, otherwise all the cost saving benefits could be put at risk," said Ulrich Weigel, EMEA product line director at NetIQ. "It is vital that organizations have comprehensive systems and security management in place to secure critical applications and provide administrators with full visibility across the entire environment. Our ability to ensure that the servers are correctly configured to align with security industry best practices helps VMware projects quickly and confidently move into production without sacrificing the cost efficiencies they promise."

In addition to SCM's compliance with this CIS Benchmark, NetIQ continues to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to provide complete management solutions for VMware with the addition of new features for the NetIQ AppManager® Suite—its flagship systems management solution. A new reporting pack for NetIQ Analysis Center™ includes specific reports for the VMware infrastructure, enabling customers to better document and report on their virtual investment strategy.

For more information on CIS Benchmarks please visit www.cisecurity.org.

About NetIQ

NetIQ, an Attachmate business, is a leading provider of comprehensive systems and security management solutions that help enterprises maximise IT service delivery and efficiency. With more than 12,000 customers worldwide, NetIQ solutions yield measurable business value and results that dynamic organisations demand. NetIQ's best-of-breed solutions help IT organisations deliver critical business services, mitigate operational risk, and document policy compliance. The company's portfolio of award-winning management solutions includes IT Process Automation, Systems Management, Security Management, Configuration Control and Enterprise Administration.

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