Cybersecurity is fundamentally broken, with bolted-on products all over the place, and a backward-looking philosophy built upon reengineering yesterday’s attack, according to VMware’s Tom Corn, Senior Vice President, and GM, Security Products at VMware.
He was speaking at VMWorld in San Francisco where he described the rationale for the company’s recently announced acquisition of Carbon Black.
The $US2.1 billion deal was announced last week and is expected to close in a few months once it has been through regulatory review.
“We feel it [cybersecurity] really needs to start moving to more built-in. It needs to be architected.”
Corn described Carbon Black as a leader in the endpoint protection market and said bringing the business inside VMware would allow them to create really innovative solutions in cloud security.
“Now, this is the culmination of many years where we’ve been steadily building up a security strategy.”
Corn said companies need to move from a very siloed world where different solutions are “…used by different teams to try and manage the security of user endpoints and workloads and public clouds, to one that’s much more aligned.”
The VMware-Carbon Black relationship is not a new one. It began several years ago, with a strategic partnership which gave the company access to Carbon Black’s database of threats, analytics, and reputation content.
For its part VMware brought its unique access into theVMware hypervisor with is a criticl piece of technology in cloud computing which allows physical machines to be turned into virtual ones, enabling processing to be distributed across multiple machines. In the context of the Carbon Black relationship access to the hypervisor allows VMware to can see what is happening inside applications.
“And that has been incredibly fruitful,” said Corn.
At the time the acquisition was announced, Patrick Morley, CEO, Carbon Black said, “We now have the opportunity to seamlessly integrate Carbon Black’s cloud-native endpoint protection platform into all of VMware’s control points. This type of bold move is exactly what the IT and security industries have been looking to see for a very long time.”
Hyoun Park, CEO and Principal Analyst at Amalgam Insights told Which-50, VMware’s security story is one of the standouts features of the conference. “Carbon Black is really going to work alongside VMware’s Workspace One in terms of empowering end-user computing and improving VMware’s ability to discover security challenges for those end-users.”
According to Park, “Interestingly enough, Gilsinger is very focused on security. He wants VMware to be one of the key security vendors in all of IT, and is putting the pieces together to make that work as well.”