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Malware Targeting Virtual Machines

Recently Symantec has released a whitepaper called “Threats to Virtual Machines”.  Symantec has shown that there is an increasing presence of malware attacking virtual machines.

According Symantec’s whitepaper, approximately 18% of the samples studied tried to detect the presence of VMware virtual machines.  There were peaks at 28% in January 2014 before dropping back down to approximately 20% in February 2014.

This is a threat to companies running Virtual Machines (VMs) as some malware may try to infiltrate the host servers on which the Virtual Machines (VMs). It’s a particularly sticky problem given the emerging popularity of Virtual Machines (VMs) over the past several years.  An interesting point is that over 70% of businesses plan to implement server virtualization within 12 months.

Some malware may avoid detection which may allow bad code to infiltrate a Virtual Machines (VMs).  Another study last year showed that 40% of businesses experienced data loss after storing their data in virtual environments.


So how do Managed IT Services providers protect your business?

  • As leaders in the industry, true Managed IT Service and IT Support Services providers acknowledge there is a threat to Virtual Machine (VMs) and approach this layer of IT with the same security focus as they apply to physical hardware.


  • Managed IT Services (MSPs) proactively maintain your IT infrastructure and apply security practices to maintain your network to industry best practices.


  • As part of your corporate Disaster Recovery Strategy, your IT consulting partner will develop a virtual data protection strategy to ensure that if a Virtual Machine (VM) is compromised, you have a clean backup to recover your business virtual data.


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