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CP&C Releases vCM PCI 2.0 Content, Combine this with vShield & WOW!

The VMware Center for Policy and Compliance is pleased to announce our latest content update for PCI 2.0 in vCenter Configuration Manager ™ (VCM).

PCI 2.0 is right around the corner 2k12 and many of you should be preparing for these audits yesterday!

Are any of you starting to prep for PCI 2.0? Please share your concerns, we want to help! Get CP&C in touch with your QSA.

Here is a sample of what has changed, for more information check out the PCI DSS v2 Summary of Changes doc.

Scope of Assessment for Compliance with PCI DSS Requirements

  • Added “virtualization components” to the definition of “system components.”  

Network Segmentation

  • Added clarifications including that segmentation may be achieved through physical or logical means 

What’s new in this package? Platform support for:

  • Windows 7,
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003,
  • Windows 2008
  • vSphere/ESX

How does this help you address your compliance needs?

This is at the core of what VMware offers as part of our Trusted Cloud Solution. At VMworld, we announced our PCI self healing Virtual environment around CDE and auto segmentation of VM’s based upon data, defining relationships to those VM’s and continually applying policy & remediation to the entire environment. The Combination of vCM, vShield & VIN make for a Compliance Solution that is unmatched in the market and works for other use cases like HIPAA. (See Diagram Below)


How do you get it the new content?
Customers wishing to harden their PCI 2.0 environment can download the new content via the VCM Content Wizard

Be on the lookout for a free PCI 2.0 checker to be released by CP&C later this year!

Also, feel free to hit us up at:

George Gerchow VMware Director, Center for Policy & Compliance

VMware’s CP&C releases another free Compliance Checker!

Buenos Dias,

I'm George Gerchow, Director of VMware's Center for Policy & Compliance. I'll be here all week to talk about Compliance in the Cloud and answer your questions. 

Today we are going to give you access to a FREE downloadable tool that helps you get started on the “Trusted Cloud” ride. 

It is the vSphere 4.1 Compliance Checker fresh off the virtual assembly line and compiled by the good folks at CP&C!

 Here is how it works: 

  • The Compliance Checker runs an assessment on ESX/ESXi hosts managed by vCenter
  • The assessment is based on a predefined subset of 29 of the vSphere 4.1 Security Hardening Guide rules and is run against the first 5 ESX/ESXi hosts found on the target vCenter
  • The results for each host include the rules, the rule descriptions, and the success or failure of each rule

At VMware, we like to call the Compliance Checkers “Crack” for IT as it get’s ya hooked and you will come back for more! 

Here is the link so you can get started hardening your vSphere Environment today: 


Now this poses a few questions and we would love to get your feedback: 

  1. Are free tools like this helpful?
  2. How do you currently lock down your vSphere environment?
  3. Would remediation of the non-compliance results be a good next step?
  4. Do you care about regulatory compliance & vendor best practices? If so, which ones? (PCI, HIPAA, DISA, CIS…) 

I will be rollin’ into Denver today like Tom Brady rolled over the Miami Secondary last night but will be online waiting to hear from you. (FYI, IN Denver, I am giving a Keynote at a Healthcare seminar on Trusted Cloud)

Jump in the discussion on any of our social media channels – blogs, Twitter, Facebook, or community forum: 

Here is a sneek peek of what the Checker looks like:


Thanks and have a great day from all of us at CP&C and VMware!

Is “Mixed Mode” acceptable in a vSphere Enviroment?

Hola Security & Compliance Peeps,

My Nombre is George Gerchow, I am the Director of the VMware, Center for Policy & Compliance.  Our charter at CP&C is “simple”, like a Cowboy’s Fans knowledge of football: 

  •  1  -Support migration of highly regulated workloads to vSphere
  • Dos –  Provide coverage of most common regulatory, industry and vendor policies
  • C – Drive Industry Thought Leadership 

As a follow on from VMworld, we are going to extend the Management Mastery series to our Secura-Nerds and give you an opportunity to discuss relevant topics that are HUGE. Bottom Line, Security and Compliance are the main inhibitor to Virtualization & Cloud Computing. VMware and other vendors have solutions that are VIRTUALIZATION aware and attack these problems head on.

With all that being said, our first topic is Mixed Mode support for PCI environments. See Section 4.2 in the Vendor Information Supplement. 4.2 Strongly recommends that VMs of different security levels are not hosted on the same hypervisor or physical host.  The fear is that a less secure VM can be used to spawn off an attack on a more secure VM. 

It is my opinion that most people are not up to speed on Virtualization Security and Compliance Solutions. If you can prove that the systems in a mixed mode are not communicating, you should be golden. If your QSA does not agree, it might be time to get a new QSA. Jkjkjkjkj, not really but… Click the link below to see what we talked about at VMworld. I was misquoted in this article, Computer World and several others. (I NEVER said QSA’s were ten years behind J ) Seriously, I have some good friends that are QSA’s and they will also be tracking this blog to help answer questions. BTW: This got heated at VMworld during our trusted cloud session. 

Y'all are going to have to excuse my Grammar and Spelling errors. I am ESL and it comes out all the time. Happy Monday and give us a shout!