VMware and Carbon Black unveil new approach to data center and cloud security

VMware, Inc. and Carbon Black have expanded partnership that will help transform current approaches to cloud and data center security.  The announcement expands on a collaboration announced earlier this year, giving VMware AppDefense customers the ability to leverage Carbon Black’s Predictive Security Cloud  (PSC) reputation services.

As applications become more distributed and dynamic, they have also become more difficult to secure. Traditional security solutions are not flexible enough to keep up with applications as they change over time, leading to breakdowns in security.

The majority of attacks causing damage today are not simple malware easily rooted out with “known bad” signatures. They require watching behavior of applications for any deviation from the norm. They hinge on attackers manipulating the executables, processes, and operating system of the endpoint itself. Identifying these threats requires a deep understanding of both application behavior and threat behavior, something that traditional endpoint security products don’t possess.

The newly jointly-developed solution will combine VMware AppDefense and Cb Defense’s advanced threat protection to provide a one-two punch for stopping threats to applications inside the data center. VMware AppDefense leverages the power of the virtual infrastructure to create least privilege environments around applications. It enforces system integrity using the hypervisor, provides visibility into the intended state and behavior of applications, and monitors state and behavior from a protected position.

Cb Defense, running on the Predictive Security Cloud, provides a next-generation endpoint protection solution that applies behavioral approaches to detect threats. It uses streaming prevention to monitor for malicious behavior on a machine to protect against malware and non-malware based attacks. 

The solution combines three key elements to advance cloud and data center security.

Enforcing Known Good Application Behavior: By leveraging the virtual infrastructure, the solution will have an authoritative understanding of how data center endpoints are meant to behave and is the first to know when changes are made. This contextual intelligence will remove the guesswork involved in determining which changes to processes, executables, and operating systems inside a given data center endpoint are legitimate and which indicate real threats.

Detecting Unknown Threats: The solution will leverage application context to perform advanced behavioral threat detection to provide additional protection beyond least privilege. Any threat that isn’t prevented by locking down the application’s behavior will be picked up by Carbon Black’s Streaming Prevention – a next-gen threat detection technology that uses event stream processing to correlate multiple events over time to indicate the presence of a threat. Users will see threat activity in real time, visualize the attack chain to see exactly what attackers are trying to do, and respond immediately to shut down attacks in progress.

Automating and Orchestrating Response: Once a threat is identified, the solution will allow for the full understanding of application context during investigation, and again, will use the virtual infrastructure to deliver a library of responses, ranging from suspending or snapshotting a VM, to quarantining the compromised machine and performing forensic analysis.

The new joint solution will be generally available from Carbon Black in VMware’s Q4 FY 2018, which ends on February 3, 2018.