Kaspersky Lab Survey Shows Shifting Attitudes Towards Virtualization Security; Performance Concerns Persist

According to a Kaspersky Lab survey of worldwide IT professionals, virtualization security concerns are receiving more attention from businesses. However, some lingering doubts around the need for specialized virtualization security software still remain. The survey results also show that businesses have again arrived at the intersection of performance and security for their IT systems and that balancing these two requirements continues to be a challenge. Using traditional security to protect virtual endpoints appears to be a major cause of performance woes across the IT industry.

The survey results, which can be found in Kaspersky Lab’s 2014 IT Security Risks for Virtualization summary report, showed 64% of IT decision-makers agreed that security should be one of the first considerations when rolling out a virtual infrastructure. Prioritizing the security of virtual environments shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering 52% also agreed that virtual environments are increasingly forming a core part of their business IT infrastructure. As more businesses rely on virtual infrastructure for critical day-to-day functions, protecting this virtual infrastructure becomes more important.

However, the survey also indicates businesses are worried that securing their virtual environment sacrifices its performance. In fact, 39% agreed that adding security to virtualized infrastructure makes it run more slowly. A drop in performance is also a major concern for businesses, with 55% reporting that the performance of virtualized servers is critical for their business.

Businesses Using the Wrong Tool for the Job, Causing Virtual Infrastructure Slow-Downs

Virtualization security has arrived at the classic security dilemma: “performance” and “security” are both seen as top requirements for virtual infrastructure, but an increase in security often comes at the expense of performance. However, the survey data also points to a source of widespread virtual network slow-downs: