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analysis | month in view the > Securing virtualisation journey

At two separate roundtables, conducted by CNME and Trend Micro, end-users from the oil and gas industry, and government entities got together to discuss the best ways to ensure security in a virtualised environment. Last month, CNME and leading security vendor Trend Micro brought together CIOs and IT managers across two verticals – oil and gas, and government – to discuss best practices, the pitfalls of virtualisation and how they could better secure their journey to virtualisation itself. “We started virtualising early and have almost 80% of our servers virtualised right now. We are currently using a managed security solution for this virtualised environment. However, we are always interested in understanding what else the market has to offer in terms of virtualised security solutions,” said Ayman Al-Issa, information security section lead at the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA).

Ayman Al-Issa, information security section lead at the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA)

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Being one of the more mature users with virtualisation at the oil and gas roundtable, Al-Issa gave valuable inputs to the other IT managers on how they could plan, design, choose, implement and manage the right security solution in their virtualised environments. Al-Issa also pointed out that when implementing new technologies like virtualisation, and especially when it comes to security within that implementation, it is essential for every IT decision maker to do research. “CIOs and IT managers must do their homework when it comes to virtualisation and security. Solutions might have high performance metrics and they might work great in certain environments, but if you haven't done your homework and you don't understand how it might fit in your organisation, then you haven't done your project justice,” he stated. “We are currently looking at virtualisation and trying to understand how it can be implemented to help us function better in our organisation. We are trying to work out security issues from day one, and not just look at it as an addition, to ensure that our environment starts out secure and remains secure,” said Manoj Stanley, IT administrator at Bin Hamoodah’s GASOS. Oil and gas IT decision makers also

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encouraged security vendors like Trend Micro to look into areas of industrial security, specifically touching upon areas that cover data collection, transportation and analysis from oil rigs, and produce more focused and specialised solutions addressing the specific needs. End-users gathered at the government roundtable echoed their peers in the oil and gas roundtable, and even entered into a heated debate on whether virtualisation and cloud computing can be counted as new technologies and if they could prove beneficial for every organisation. “Virtualisation can potentially offer benefits. However, I believe an organisation has to reach a certain level of maturity in order to consider the technology set. For instance, if an organisation’s current infrastructure is giving it regular RoI, and it has a problem with getting increased capex budgets or trained manpower to handle virtualisation, then it should probably not invest in the technology just yet,” stated Ramdas Sunkari, head of IT at UAE’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. “We are currently planning a massive infrastructure project for Khalifa Port and this will involve virtualisation. Being a Greenfield project, we are planning and designing now to get every aspect of it right and to ensure that we get RoI on

Taha Al Hasmi, IT manager at Abu Dhabi Terminals

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