How Jefferson County’s IT Department Improved Their Security Posture with VMware NSX

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Jefferson County, Colorado (“Jeffco”) is a local jurisdiction located against the beautiful Rocky Mountains and adjacent to the state capital in Denver.  Jeffco’s IT organization is charged with meeting the needs not only of the various internal departments of the county, but also of serving its half million residents. As with most IT departments, Jeffco’s Read more...

Multi-site with Cross-VC NSX: Consistent Security and Micro-segmentation Across Sites

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Several posts have been written prior on multi-site with Cross-VC NSX describing the fundamentals, use cases, deployment models, and flexibility Cross-VC NSX provides. In this post, we focus on the security benefits of a multi-site Cross-VC NSX solution. Prior Cross-VC NSX Blogs: Cross-VC NSX: Multi-site Deployments with Ease and Flexibility NSX-V: Multi-site Options and Cross-VC Read more...

Securing the SDDC with VMware NSX – Light Board Series

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Is VMware the first company that springs to mind when you think about securing your software-defined data center (SDDC)? It should be. In this new light board series, learn about the unique capabilities that VMware NSX brings to your SDDC for securing your virtualized environment. Start out with some context on why networking and security Read more...

Monitoring VMware NSX SpoofGuard with REST API and Perl

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In some prior blogs, we demonstrated leveraging NSX REST API with Python. See prior blogs, Automating Security Group and Policy Creation with NSX REST API and Automating VMware NSX Security Rules Creation using Splunk and Some Code. In this blog, we demonstrate how NSX REST API can be used with the popular Perl programming language. One of Perl’s Read more...

Arkin Acquisition will Further Simplify VMware NSX Operational Planning and Visibility

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VMware NSX is experiencing tremendous growth across the board – in number of customer deployments, sales, and partnerships. Lots of organizations have been vocal in their support of NSX, including Heartland Payment Systems, University of New Mexico, Sugar Creek, Tribune Media, and many others. These customers are deploying NSX for use cases such as micro-segmentation, Read more...

Still Using Perimeter Defenses To Protect Your Data Center? Stop, Drop, and Defend—With Micro-Segmentation

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There are a lot of reasons that IT organizations are virtualizing their networks more and more—and chief among them is micro-segmentation. Micro-segmentation, which comes hand-in-hand with network virtualization, divides the data center into distinct segments. Each segment can be secured separately. When security controls and network services are separately defined and communications is isolated, an attacker’s Read more...

“Split and smear” your security policies: Static Unidimensional vs. Dynamic Multi-Dimensional Policies

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In my previous post I explained why current security architectures aiming at inspecting all inline traffic via hardware appliances are failing to provide proper segmentation and scale in modern day data centers.  As I described, this has nothing to do with the type of security technology being deployed but rather with engineering security services that Read more...