Virtualization Working Group

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Introduction to the Virtualization Working Group

Virtualization is a critical part of cloud computing. Virtualization provides an important layer of abstraction from physical hardware, enabling the elasticity and resource pooling commonly associated with cloud. Virtualized operating systems are the backbone of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). The CSA Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing focused exclusively on virtualized operating systems in Domain 13. Recent developments in software defined networking (SDN) show great potential to virtualize data networks in the same way that operating systems have been virtualized. Additionally, the future integration and potential convergence of virtualization of operating systems and networks promise to greatly impact the next generation of cloud architectures.

The security issues and recommended best practices of this broader view of virtualization merit additional focused research from a reconstituted version of the CSA Virtualization Working Group.

Research Road map

Security Position Paper: Network Function Virtualization

This paper discusses some of the potential security issues and concerns, and offers guidance for securing a Virtual Network Function (NFV) based architecture, whereby security services are provisioned in the form of Virtual Network Functions (VNFs). We refer to such an NFV-based architecture as the NFV Security Framework. This paper also references Software-Defined Networking (SDN) concepts, since SDN is a critical virtualization-enabling technology.

Working Group Co-Chair(s) CSA Global Support Contributors

Virtualization Working Group Leadership

Virtualization Co-chairs

Saif Chaudhry

Mr. Chaudhry has 13 years of experience in delivering a broad range of information-security solutions to diverse companies and organizations. He has a progressive information security career with track record of success in systems architecture/design, system integration/deployment and system security/user management. He is well-versed in cloud computing, security products and middleware platform components. He holds strong capabilities in collecting and analyzing complex technical problems and turning commercial products into an integrated solution for customers. As a Principal Architect he produces solution/reference architectures, writes design papers, writes blogs for Trend Micro, participates in pre-sales activities to help close new engagements as well as delivers talks in conferences around the world.

Kapil Raina

Kapil Raina specializes in bringing complex products to market by developing go-to-market strategies, influencing press and analysts, and executing on demand generation plans from concept to close. Mr. Raina has deep experience in security, especially, in the SaaS/cloud markets. He was previously the co-chair of the Web Security-as-a-Service Working Group for the CSA. His background and experience includes brands such as VeriSign, VMWare, Elastica and Zscaler. He is also a prolific speaker and writer, including authoring several books such as “PKI Security Solutions for the Enterprise” (Wiley) and “mCommerce Security” (McGraw-Hill).

A security and mobile domain expert, he has authored several books such as “PKI Security Solutions for the Enterprise” (Wiley) and “mCommerce Security” (McGraw-Hill).

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Security Position Paper – Network Function Virtualization

This white paper discusses some of the potential security issues and concerns, and offers guidance for securing a Virtual Network Function (NFV) based architecture, whereby security services are provisioned in the form of Virtual Network Functions (VNFs).

Release Date: February 29, 2016