Security SIG: Frontiers in Virtualization Security



  • Topic:  Frontiers in Virtualization Security

    The adoption of virtual machine technology is one of the most dramatic changes to enterprise computing in the last decade, unsurprisingly these changes have substantial implications for system security.  This has sparked a great deal of popular debate around the potential risks associated with virtualization, some of these are legitimate while others are red herrings. 

    We will explore fundamental changes brought on by the move to virtualization such as rapid scaling and increased diversity, increased mobility, loss of machine identity and problems of accountability, discrepancies between real and virtual time, and how
    these changes have created new operational challenges as well as posing difficulties for existing security architectures.

    We will also discuss what virtual infrastructure vendors and security technology
    developers need to do to cope with these challenges.

    Speaker: Tal Garfinkel, Researcher in VMware Advanced Development Group

    Tal has worked on systems security research for nearly 10 years and his work has appeared in many of the worlds top academic conferences, as well as seeing commercial adoption by VMware and others. Tal has worked on and off for VMware since 2003, and is currently employed as a researcher in VMware's Advanced Development group.

    He is also working on completing a PhD at Stanford University, where his thesis focuses on novel applications of virtual machines based technology to security. He holds a bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.


    Cubberley Community Center
    4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1
    Palo Alto, CA

    6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza
    7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation and Discussion

    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members
    No registration required.