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Threat Vectors and Security Controls for Hyperconverged Integrated Systems in the Software-Defined Data Center

Published: 12 March 2015

ID: G00270658

Analyst(s): Joerg Fritsch


HCISs need to be protected from attacks against the control plane, data plane and management infrastructure. Blocking most of these threat vectors should be easy enough for HCIS vendors, yet they deliver walled gardens whose predetermined levels of security depend on the targeted market segment.

Table Of Contents



  • Security Properties of HCISs
    • Attacks Against the HCIS Data Plane
    • Attacks Against the HCIS Control Plane
    • Attacks Against the HCIS Management Infrastructure
  • Vendor Details
  • Select an HCIS Type That Matches Your Market Segment
  • Ride the Wave of Change
  • Strictly Control the Entrance and Exit Paths of Data
  • Prepare for Large Breaches
  • Continue to Ask for Controls


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