The Virtualization Journey: Security Challenges and Opportunities

Sponsor: Trend Micro
Featured Analyst Firm: Gartner
Speakers: Neil MacDonald, Steve Quane, Chris Slater
Type: Video (34 minutes)


Are traditional security solutions impeding the expanded adoption of virtualization and cloud technologies? Too many organizations do not realize that simply transposing traditional security solutions from physical servers to a virtual environment leaves security gaps and creates new operational challenges.

These risk and challenges prevent organizations from full leveraging the potential of their virtualization investment. In this program, leading experts from featured analyst firm, Gartner, Inc., and opinion leaders from Trend Micro, write down the risks and opportunities of virtualization security.

What challenges do you face in securing virtual environments with traditional security? And what new technological approaches can help overcome those challenges?

We’ll also find out how the Australian Bureau of Statistics has leveraged these new security tools in its effort to securely achieve 99% virtualization of the datacenter.


About Steve Quane, Chief Product Officer and President, North America, Trend Micro
As Chief Product Officer (CPO), Steve Quane is responsible for the strategy, business profitability, and global operations of Trend Micro’s Enterprise, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and Data Center Business Units as well as the overall alignment of the company’s product and service direction. Steve has been with Trend Micro since 2001 and prior to his role as CPO, served as VP of Corporate Marketing from Taipei, Taiwan and General Manager of the Small and Medium (SMB) Business Unit from Munich, Germany. His prior teams’ initiatives include the introduction of Trend Micro’s Enterprise Protection Strategy and creation of the Worry-Free product and service lines.

Prior to joining Trend Micro, Quane held product management and business development roles at Intel Corporation and supported air combat operations as a Battle Director for the US Air Force. Quane holds a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy.


About Neil MacDonald, VP Distinguished Anlayst and Gartner Fellow, Gartner
Neil MacDonald is a vice president, distinguished analyst and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research, based in Stamford, Connecticut. Mr. MacDonald is a member of Gartner's information security and privacy research team, focusing on operating system and application-level security strategies. Specific research areas include Windows security, host-based intrusion prevention systems, converged endpoint security, service-oriented application security, business process management security and the integration of security into the application development process.

Mr. MacDonald joined Gartner in 1995 as an analyst in Gartner's networking research team, where he focused on network computing infrastructure including identity and access management, directory services and networked operating system security. This later evolved into Gartner's identity and access management research area.

From 2001-2003, Mr. MacDonald led Gartner's worldwide team of industry-focused analysts, extending Gartner's research relevancy outside of the IT department to business executives wanting to use information technology to better run their business. When this research team was folded back into the main research organization in 2004, Mr. MacDonald rejoined the Information Security research team.

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. MacDonald worked for an information management organization in IT operations, where he was a network specialist responsible for the planning, deployment, security and support of a 9,500-node multiprotocol and multiserver network.