SOURCE: Catbird


May 02, 2012 10:51 ET

Catbird Partners With VMware to Provide Secure Virtual Desktop Infrastructure With VMware View™ 5.1

Catbird® vSecurity® Next Generation Security for the Virtual Datacenter Provides Security Automation for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA--(Marketwire - May 2, 2012) - Catbird®, a Gartner Cool Vendor in Infrastructure Protection, today announced that Catbird vSecurity® protection and continuous compliance supports automated security for static and dynamically provisioned virtual desktops. This integration gives Catbird vSecurity customers best-in-class network security at a greatly reduced cost. Catbird vSecurity enforces virtual desktop segmentation, auditing, and control. Catbird vSecurity includes Catbird vCompliance to provide continuous compliance monitoring as required by PCI DSS 2.0, HIPAA, and FISMA.

"We worked with the security and compliance teams at VMware to develop the reference architecture for secure VDI with VMware View," said Malcolm Rieke, the Product Manager for vSecurity. "Catbird's security orchestration, which includes the VMware vShield App firewall, delivers automated protection for virtual desktops. This enables customers to receive the security they need where it's needed most -- inside the network, guarding hypervisor operations, and enforcing policy across every virtual switch and virtual datacenter."

The addition of Catbird TrustZone membership automation for VMware View 5.1 delivers:

  • Simple and secure template driven deployment of virtual desktops.
  • Catbird's TrustZones® policy automation, which includes firewall controls, to make security management easier, reducing the risk of mistakes that result in security breaches and data loss.
  • Catbird's Intra-Zone Isolation to automatically isolate and secure virtual desktops in sensitive data environments. Connect your desktops only to authorized services not to each other or to unauthorized systems.
  • Catbird's vCompliance to continuously measure virtual desktop events and configurations for compliance with PCI 2.0, HIPAA (NIST SP 800-66), FISMA (NIST SP 800-53), DIACAP and other standards to make it easier for customers to embrace the cloud.

"Catbird amplifies the VMware View native security controls to enable our customers to enforce security and demonstrate compliance easily," said Vittorio Viarengo, vice president, End-User Computing, VMware. "Catbird makes it simple for our customers to achieve continuous monitoring and to dynamically protect their critical and sensitive desktop environments."

Catbird's award-winning vSecurity weaves multi-function security directly into the fabric of virtual and cloud infrastructure. Catbird's solution provides many times the security of traditional physical devices at a fraction of the cost. Orchestrated controls include firewall, IPS/IDS, intra-VM isolation, policy enforcement, inventory, configuration, and change management, as well as evidence driven assurance of control in other key operational, security and compliance areas. Catbird's rich feature set allows its customers to meet the most rigorous compliance standards for sensitive and critical systems.

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Catbird is the industry leader in next generation network security for virtualized, cloud and physical datacenters, and a winner of four Best of Show Finalist Awards at VMworld 2010, 2009 and 2008, and SC Magazine's "Innovator of the Year 2011" for virtualization security. Via Catbird vSecurity and the "Catbird" virtual appliance, Catbird is the only company delivering best-practice security for Hypervisor, Guest VMs and Policy/Regulatory Security Compliance. As companies migrate mainstream servers and desktops to virtual environments, uncertainty over security and compliance can impact deployment plans. Catbird's protection eliminates these worries and keeps virtualization plans on track. Founded in 2000 by Internet pioneer Ron Lachman, the company's innovative technology protects tens of thousands of customer systems and networks who rely on Catbird and its partners to protect their valuable IT assets from external and internal threats. The private company is based in Silicon Valley.

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