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Skyport Systems Announces General Availability of SkySecure with Secure Hosting for VMware vCenter

Skyport Systems, the leading developer of hyper-secured infrastructure designed to ensure the security of mission-critical IT and organizational assets, today announced the general availability of SkySecure -- a cloud-managed, on-premises, secure server. SkySecure features security templates to accelerate customer trials and deployments, along with an application-specific template for VMware vCenter. When VMware vCenter is hosted on a SkySecure Server, an application-specific firewall for VMware vCenter secures the computing foundation and all communications channels.

IT organizations are increasingly looking to deploy zero-trust architectures to secure critical systems. Skyport’s SkySecure provides a turn-key implementation of this methodology and is now being applied to workloads such as virtualization management, mobile device management services, managed file transfer, identity and user management, bastion hosts and SSH gateway servers, domain name services, and computing systems in branch offices and other remote locations.

“The seemingly endless drumbeat of reported hacks and breaches makes it clear that we’re not winning the security war,” said Peter Christy, research director for networking at 451 Research. “Purpose-built systems such as SkySecure from Skyport Systems offer a refreshing new approach to creating a comprehensively hardened system and supporting a security policy framework in the enterprise, while at the same time preserving meaningful compatibility with the myriad existing systems that every organization uses.”

Securing VMware vCenter

When deployed to provide a secure foundation for hosting VMware vCenter Server, the SkySecure Server creates a customized firewall protecting VMware vCenter. This application-specific firewall implementation hardens each protocol and communication channel for:

  • Administrative access to vCenter Server
  • DNS access to/from vCenter Server
  • Microsoft Active Directory for user and admin identity management
  • Partner API usage such as Software Defined Networking controllers or VM backup systems
  • Network Attached Storage entitlements for image management
  • ESX Server to vCenter administrative control channel

With SkySecure, IT departments deploy a hardened server infrastructure with a zero-trust architecture that is secure-by-default and that continuously monitors all software, firmware and hardware to prevent and detect advanced persistent threats. Reaching general availability for the system, which includes scalable management, secure computing, Intel Trusted Execution Technology, a full-lifecycle security data warehouse and advanced application-specific proxy capabilities, required months of testing from both internal and external security researchers.

“We set a high bar for our team on achieving general availability and first revenue shipment,” said Douglas Gourlay, corporate vice president for Skyport Systems. “We concurrently ran external penetration tests against the entire system, delivered ‘over the air’ software and firmware updates to client systems, turned up multiple new customers and significantly exceeded our availability targets.”

Published Tuesday, August 25, 2015 9:15 AM by David Marshall
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