Gartner Research

Security Considerations and Best Practices for Securing Virtual Machines

Published: 06 March 2007

ID: G00144828

Analyst(s): Neil MacDonald


Securing a virtual machine involves many of the same best practices as securing any operating system. However, there are key differences that organizations must address and factor into their return on investment analysis, or they risk an overall reduction in security protection or unexpected costs.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Introduction
  • VM Security During Planning, Installation and Configuration
  • VM Vulnerability and Configuration Management
  • VM Intrusion Prevention
  • VM Identity and Access Management
  • VM Network Access Control
  • VM Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

©2021 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Purchase this Document

To purchase this document, you will need to register or sign in above

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.