VMware vSphere Security Features

What can you tell us about your use of the built-in security features such as VM encryption and support for TPM and VBS?

Director at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
The built-in security features, such as VM Encryption and support for TPM and VBS, are all important for us.
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Luis Arencibia
IT Operations Services Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The encryption security is great. It is a topic we take into consideration daily. It is important that we enable all the features and make sure our data center is secure. Nobody can hack us, get in, steal information, and use it from our systems.
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Michael Huset
Senior Systems Administrator at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
With the current compliance options that I have to go through, it's very nice to have a lot of the encryption built in. It checks a lot of boxes for the federal level so I don't have to either bolt something on or have something on top of it. Having it native and integrated into the system makes things much easier.
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Kevin Williams
IT Analyst I at Sacramento City College
From what I've been looking at so far in vSphere 6.7, it looks like something that we would like to integrate. Before I became an analyst I helped manage TPM and BitLocker on laptops. It was a pain. It had to touch each device physically. I'm looking forward to 6.7 where I can utilize TPM 2.0 and encrypt all of my stations on the fly, and make it a more seamless experience.
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Network Administrator at a mining and metals company with 201-500 employees
We are just learning about VM Encryption, TPS, and VBS right now. We just moved to VMware ESX 6.7. While I don't have a lot of experience in it yet, but we're looking to implement them.
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Preston Lasebikan
Lead Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
We are actually making a lot of use of the VM Encryption feature. We're using that mainly because it's a customer requirement, especially after all the changes in the European Union for security. And that's a major issue. We've been adding in NSX and that, combined with the ability to have encrypted VMotion as well, has been huge.
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Allan Trambouze
Senior Consultant at Cofomo
Because my server is too old, I am using my own lab for TPM. I did not have a good chance to test everything. VM encryption is quite simple to implement: Just check two boxes and it is done. It is very easy to do. If you want to move from on-premise to cloud, it is quite easy.
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David Grimes
VP of Product Engineering at Navisite
An important vSphere feature from a security perspective is VM encryption. As is the right thing to do in this day and age, security needs to be the number one concern for any IT operator. While there are security solutions which can be delivered at the physical, hardware layer, they don't necessarily address all of the requirements from an encryption perspective. Being able to have VM-centric, VM-level encryption is a great feature of vSphere.
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Ganesh Sekarbabu
Windows Virtualization Engineer at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
We haven't started using the VM encryption. We are in the very initial stage, doing a PoC for it and also the UEFI Secure Boot.
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Sean Crawford
Information Systems Analyst at Sandag
For the security features for vSphere 6.7, VM encryption was really critical because we're required to protect virtual machines. We have to adhere to PCI DSS for credit card protection. So the VM encryption was very critical to passing our audit. The solution has improved our organization in terms of compliance. In the past, we struggled with VM encryption. We couldn't encrypt the virtual machines with older versions of vSphere without some kind of third-party tool. Now, with 6.7, it's all in the application itself, in vSphere. We no longer have to procure additional products to meet that requirement. We can just do it on the fly, and pass our audit with no issues.
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Rene Van Den Beden
Chief Architect at RoundTower Technologies
For our customers that are very security conscious, in the financial space and the healthcare space, they typically will have clusters where TPM and virtual machine encryption are enabled to provide a more secure experience for those services.
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Brian Kirsch
Instructor at MATC
We don't do a lot with the encryption, but we do have the ability to encrypt something if we send it offsite. We have multiple locations, so we can encrypt our VMs, if necessary. However, we don't have a big need for it, but it's nice that it's there.
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Christie Brinker
Chief Technology Officer at Keeforce
The built-in encryption of vSphere really helps us to secure our customers, especially customers in the medical field who need to be HIPAA compliant. Being able to encrypt the VM itself helps out a ton.
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Trevor Napier
System Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I don't have too much experience with the encryption or secure features of the new vSphere version.
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Sajag Chaturvedi
IT Infrastructure Architect at a retailer
In terms of the vSphere security, the most important feature is the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which was launched in 6.7, as well as the encrypted vMotion. These help us to bridge the gap if there is a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack or suspicious activity, so at least our VMware workloads are secure.
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