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The SANS Institute announced Monday that Los Alamos National Laboratory has won the 2011 U.S. National Cybersecurity Innovation Award for their innovative use of vShield and other defense tools that represent a breakthrough model for securing virtual computing and private cloud deployments. As federal agencies and commercial organizations move quickly to take advantage of cloud computing, they are also concerned about the increasing risk of cyber-attacks.
A large fraction of these cloud computing initiatives rely on VMware to manage the virtual computers which are deployed in the cloud environment. VMware has been pushing for its customers to shift toward the vShield architecture which offers ways to use built-in application firewalls through what’s known as vShield Zones, or to use vShield App, the hypervisor-based application-aware firewall for the virtual data center.
The vShield App uses application-aware firewalling installed on the vSphere host to control and monitor all network traffic on the host.
LANL was able to use vShield to create the Infrastructure on Demand cloud platform featuring inventive cloud security and automation architecture.