VMware, Inc. has announced new capabilities to enhance the lateral security of multi-cloud environments, aimed at helping customers better detect and prevent cyber threats. The announcement was made at the RSA Conference 2023, where VMware unveiled several enhanced features for its suite of security solutions to tackle the increasing sophistication and scale of cyberattacks.

According to VMware Contexa, a threat intelligence cloud that powers VMware’s suite of security solutions, cybercriminals typically make 2-3 lateral moves to reach their target. To prevent such lateral movements, end-to-end visibility across users, devices, networks, apps, and data is necessary.

The new features include DPU-based acceleration using SmartNICs for accelerated VMware NSX performance, VMware Carbon Black Workload and Cloud Configuration for security that’s designed for cloud-native architecture, and an Enhanced Firewall Service offering to bring NSX Security capabilities to VMware SD-WAN edge appliances for simplified operations at the enterprise branch.

VMware Secure App IX was also announced to provide more secure application connectivity across applications and clouds, while VMware Workspace ONE updates for phishing and content protection, secure access, and patch management were also unveiled.

Sumit Dhawan, the President of VMware, said that as the cyber threat landscape evolves, customers require their infrastructure to play a more active role in protecting their enterprise. He added that VMware is committed to driving innovation in infrastructure to deliver enhanced protection against threats of today and tomorrow.

To strengthen lateral security for multi-cloud, VMware also announced new enhancements to VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer (ALB) to help customers deploy application security faster, at scale and consistently across all apps and hybrid multi-clouds. The VMware NSX ALB provides a single elastic load balancing solution done entirely in software to help simplify app delivery and security.

In addition, VMware Carbon Black Workload and Cloud Configuration was introduced to help keep multi-cloud environments secure. It delivers security designed for cloud-native architecture, enabling customers to view security as a continuous process across a workload’s lifecycle. Compliance is also addressed with the introduction of an enhanced feature that evaluates CIS compliance and provides better visibility on workload posture.

Overall, VMware’s suite of security solutions aims to help organizations achieve borderless governance for applications in multi-cloud environments, enabling standardization and enforcement of consistent security policies across all clouds.

“The more information we can get, the better action we can take, and the better comfort levels we can supply to our internal business stakeholders,” said Johan Marais, Platform Services Senior Manager, Discovery Limited, regarding VMware Carbon Black Workload and Cloud Configuration.

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