Securing the Virtual Environment
How to Defend the Enterprise Against Attack
By Davi Ottenheimer, Matthew Wallace
Publisher: Wiley
Final Release Date: April 2012
Pages: 408

Defend your virtual environment from attacks

Your virtual environment might be a prime target for hackers andattackers who want to steal data or exploit your resources. Thisbook arms you with the knowledge and tools to safeguard yourvirtual and cloud environments against external and internalthreats. You'll gain insight into how to avoid denial of service,log and audit activity, protect virtual networks fromeavesdroppers, and harden virtual servers. If your job involvesprotecting assets in virtual and cloud environments, this book willbe invaluable to you.

  • Perform vulnerability assessments of your virtual environment touncover security weaknesses

  • Learn how attacks in a virtual model differ from traditionalcomputing models and how to best use technology and processes todefend yourself

  • Learn how attackers use and abuse APIs to manipulate and gainentry to virtual environments

  • Understand the risks of Software as a Service and how to get theprotection you must have

  • Be ready for audits by ensuring that your virtual and cloudenvironments comply with standards and regulations such as PCI DSSand ISO 27001

  • Build your own low-budget virtualized test lab for hands-onevaluation of attacks and to practice prevention and response


Use the files on the DVD to follow along with the hands-onexamples, or use them as the basis for your own code. Using thecode and the book, you can

  • Conduct a "hypervisor escape", breaking out of a virtual machineinto the host system

  • Load the included, ready-made penetration testing virtualmachine—which is preloaded with tools such as nmap, ettercap,the Open VAS vulnerability scanner, and more—directly intoyour virtual environment

  • Test the security posture of your Xen or VMware environmentusing automated scripts that peek at virtual disks and copy ormodify virtual machines

  • See the code used for hands-on exercises in the book that auditor attack virtual environments

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