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Technology Overview for Virtualization and Containment Solutions for Advanced Targeted Attacks

Published: 12 March 2013

ID: G00246915

Analyst(s): Neil MacDonald

Summary

Virtualization, containers and similar isolation techniques can be used to contain and "sandbox" risky applications from being used as vectors to attack other systems or cause permanent damage, effectively neutralizing the impact of targeted attacks.

Table Of Contents

What You Need to Know

Analysis

  • Technology Description
  • Technology Definition
  • Standards
  • Uses
    • Layers of Abstraction Create Layers of Isolation
  • Benefits and Risks
    • Benefits
    • Risks
  • Technology Alternatives
  • Selection Guidelines
    • 1. What creates the separation, and where in the stack does this run?
    • 2. What defines "trusted" and "untrusted"?
    • 3. What is held within the container?
    • 4. What can get in and out of the container?
    • 5. How can "trusted" and "untrusted" entities interact and share content, if at all?
    • 6. What, if anything, is allowed to persist after a full system reboot or reboot of the container?
  • Technology Providers
  • Example — Using the Framework to Evaluate One of the Approaches: Micro-virtualization
    • What creates Bromium's separation?
    • Who or what defines "trusted" and "untrusted"?
    • What is held within each Bromium container?
    • What can get in and out of Bromium's container?
    • How can trusted containers and untrusted containers exchange content?
    • What can persist through a power-down reboot?
    • Pros
    • Cons

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