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Understanding VMware AppDefense

Understanding VMware AppDefense

At VMworld US 2017 this year, VMware announced a new service in the security domain called VMware AppDefense. According to VMware’s website, AppDefense is “A data center endpoint security product that protects applications running in virtualized environments.” If you don’t already know what AppDefense is, that definition won’t make a lot of sense. So in this blog post, I decided to talk about what AppDefense is and how it solves your security concerns.

VMware already had NSX which you can use to configure security policies to allow/deny traffic on your network. But, what about compute?? vSphere is the leading hypervisor that is deployed in DataCenters across the world, so it only makes sense that VMware comes up with an offering that will help you secure your virtual machines or applications running on your compute.

VMware AppDefense is based on the following two principles:

  1. Ensuring good rather than Chasing bad: There are more than 27 million vulnerabilities out there, but only a tiny percentage of 27 million correct behaviors. So instead of trying to ensure that your application is safe from those 27 million vulnerabilities, it is easier to ensure that it is working correctly.
  2. Least Privilege: An application or a system should have access to the resources it needs to get its job done and nothing more.

Ok, that sounds great, but how does AppDefense do that??

AppDefense has three key phases to help secure your applications.

Read the entire article here, Understanding VMware AppDefense – Datacenter Rookie

Via the fine folks at VMware!

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