McAfee and Symantec launch virtualized security tools

Posted: September 15, 2008 in Tech

Symantec and McAfee are readying new products designed to lock down the software running in virtual machine environments.

McAfee Total Protection for Virtualization is a customizable security suite designed to run within virtual machines. The product doesn’t include new technology – it ships with McAfee’s VirusScan, AntiSpyware, Host Intrusion Prevention and ePolicy Orchestrator – but it does come with a new licensing model that should make things a little easier for administrators.

Symantec will be offering its Symantec Security Virtual Machine. The product is a “software appliance” that includes a Linux OS, which runs as a guest operating system on the server being protected.

Symantec is using new security APIs (application programming interfaces) created by VMware to let third-party products peer into virtual machine sessions to monitor their security.

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