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Catbird CTO to Speak at 4th International Virtualization Conference & Expo

Michael Berman will explain in San Jose, CA, how to stay in compliance when moving from physical to virtual

"Virtualization is a good idea," says Catbird CTO Michael Berman, "but losing best-practices in security and compliance in the move from physical to virtual is not." In his session at the 4th International Virtualization Conference & Expo, being held in San Jose, CA, 20-21 November, 2008 - Berman will be explaining how to stay in compliance when moving from physical to virtual, so as to avoid any need to fear the auditors, the regulators or the CFO.

According to Berman, while virtualization presents enormous opportunities for enhanced operational efficiencies and improved ROI , migration from physical to virtual will also more than likely create gaps in compliance.

"Long-established controls and processes in place for the physical IT infrastructure are inadequate to address the special architecture of the virtual platform," he notes. "Auditors are becoming increasingly educated about these issues, and stepping up their vigilance. Customers of virtualization platforms need to ensure that they are not inadvertently out of compliance."

His session in November will address the disparities between physical and virtual infrastructure that impact these concerns, and suggest mitigation and remediation strategies to ensure ongoing compliance. Issues such as separation of duties, segmented networks, trust zones and network visibility will be covered.

"By taking a proactive stance early in their deployment plans, CIOs can ensure that their virtual infrastructure is safer than their physical counterparts and 100% in compliance with current industry regulations, including PCI, HIPAA, SOX, FISMA, etc.," says Berman.

About the Speaker: Michael Berman is CTO at Catbird. He is a a 20-year veteran on the digital frontier. His focus is on making the Internet secure for business and personal use - a continuing challenge because, as he notes, "The foundation of the Internet contains several fundamental flaws -- where security is concerned."

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The theme of this November's 4th International Virtualization Conference & Expo is 'The Next Generation of Virtualization.' The Call for Papers, which is now open, welcomes submissions from exceptional speakers with high-quality use cases not only of how virtualization maximizes the use of resources and thus saves companies money, but also of how it is fundamentally altering the way that businesses run IT.

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