Organisations are not implementing virtualisation and cloud infrastructure correctly, according to cloud and virtualisation specialist provider HyTrust.
"Attacks on the hypervisor are not the biggest, most imminent threat," said Eric Chiu, president and founder of HyTrust. "The management layer is a much more inviting target." The threat has multiplied with the growth of virtualisation "This is now officially an area of critical risk," he said.
Eric Chiu cited the example of the US subsidiary of Japanese pharmaceutical company Shionogi Pharma, where former employee Jason Cornish logged into his employer's network from a McDonalds and deleted 15 VMware virtual host systems.
"The Shionogi attack was conducted from miles away. The fact that virtualisation enables remote management only heightens the problem; with physical infrastructure. In this case, simple controls would have easily restricted what he was able to access, what functions he could perform, and where he'd need to be physically at the time," added Chiu.