Bitdefender becomesfirst security vendor to offer hypervisor-enforced security, preventing advanced attacksin the datacenter
Bitdefender, a leading Internet security technology company protecting 500 million users worldwide, announces the general availability - startingMay 23rd 2017 - of its Bitdefender Hypervisor Introspection solution to protect datacenters and organizations from advanced attacks.
With Bitdefender Hypervisor Introspection, Bitdefender becomes the first, and currently the only, security vendor to offer a commercial hypervisor-based security solution. This new security layer is complementary to existing security tools, and offers organizations unparalleled visibility and resilience when facing sophisticated attacks. As describded in a recent IDC Perspective report "Bitdefender Hypervisor Introspection bridges the security capability gap between context-aware endpoint security solutions and context-unaware network security solutions."**
While previously available in Controlled Availability mode, the product was deployed in customer datacenters in Europe and North America.
According to a Bitdefender survey*, companies claim the main threats that they're not prepared for involve outsider attacks (43%) and data vulnerability (38%). Infiltrations often occur because traditional endpoint security solutions have an Achilles heel; a security agent or driver that is present within the protected virtual machine and blind to sophisticated root-level attacks running on the same machine.
Bitdefender Hypervisor Introspection is the first truly agentless security solution to work entirely from outside the operating system, by leveraging the unique Citrix XenServer Direct Inspect APIs to gain access to raw memory.
Sophisticated attacks aim to hide from endpoint solutions, but still need memory to execute. Inevitably, there is activity in the memory space, even if no security alarms are triggered within the operating system. Bitdefender Hypervisor Introspection is designed to monitor this memory space by leveraging XenServer, effectively raising the cost of attack.
Bitdefender Hypervisor Introspection faced a real life test with the recent EternalBlue Zero day also leveraged by the recent WannaCry ransomware. The solution detected EternalBlue regardess of the discovery of the MS 17-010 vulnerability. Had EternalBlue been in the wild prior to the March 14, 2017 date, Bitdefender Hypervisor Introspection would still have protected servers.
"Whilethe hypervisor has enableddata centersto realize major improvementsin resource utilization, business continuity and workload isolation,no security vendorhasever leveragedits true securitypotential", said Harish Agastya, VP of Enterprise Solutions at Bitdefender. "Bitdefender Hypervisor Introspection is a technological breakthrough thatdeliverssomething unparalleled for the security industry and practioners;leverage the hypervisor andget into God mode against advanced attacks."
"Citrix XenServer with BitdefenderHypervisor Introspectiongives us this uniquely clever security edge" says Harri Ruoho, Business Manager at IT services company Sofor, an early customer of Bitdefender Hypervisor Introspection.
"Enabling unparalleled security of XenApp and XenDesktop workloads on XenServer is a top priority for Citrix," said Calvin Hsu, VP of Product Marketing, Desktop and Apps at Citrix. "Our collaborationwithBitdefenderhas delivered an industry first,a newsecurity architecturethat provides unparalleled visibility into targeted threats,providingorganizationsand our channel partnerswitha security edge."
Bitdefender is a global security technology company that delivers solutions in more than 100 countries through a network of value-added alliances, distributors and reseller partners. Since 2001, Bitdefender has consistently produced award-winning business and consumer security technology, and is a leading security provider in virtualization and cloud technologies. Through R&D, alliances and partnership teams, Bitdefender has elevated the highest standards of security excellence in both its number-one-ranked technology and its strategic alliances with the world's leading virtualization and cloud technology providers. More information is available at http://www.bitdefender.com/.