PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Stanford Federal Credit Union is making sure it doesn't get caught in the proverbial catbird seat when it comes to securing its virtual network.
The $801 million CU is one of the first users of the new V-Agent virtual appliance protection system from Catbird Security.
The Silicon Valley company says its solution is the first to provide rogue virtual-device monitoring, intrusion detection and protection, security compliance and vulnerability monitoring to servers running virtual machines based on VMWare, the proprietary virtualization software from EMC subsidiary VMWare Inc.
The Catbird solution is "stateless," maintaining security even as the V-Agents are shut down or re-deployed, the company says, and is aimed at allaying security concerns it says have been cited by leading analysts as reasons to not deploy virtualization.
The Catbird V-Agent virtual appliance uses "stateless agents" to deliver continuous security monitoring at the virtual network level.
"With more than 20,000 networks based on VMware, IT professionals are searching for ways to secure the virtual infrastructure with architecturally compatible solutions," says Catbird COO Edmundo Costa.
Stanford FCU already had been using a standard Catbird Agent on its main network and wanted to extend the security to its entire network without deploying additional hardware. The V-Agent software and a virtual environment was the solution, the company and credit union say.
"The V-Agent has given us the flexibility of monitoring any and all isolated segments of our network, along with the advantage of very rapid deployment and recovery time," says Andrew Voorhies, the credit union's technology operations manager. "Catbird's V-Agent technology allows us to be in many places at once."