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CHIPS Articles: NIST Publishes Security Recommendations for Deploying Multiple Virtual Machines

NIST Publishes Security Recommendations for Deploying Multiple Virtual Machines
By CHIPS Magazine - January 29, 2018
NIST has published Special Publication (SP) 800-125A, Security Recommendations for Hypervisor Deployment on Servers. A hypervisor is a collection of software modules that provides virtualization of hardware resources, enabling multiple computing stacks called Virtual Machines (VMs) to be run on a single physical host, according to a release from the National Institute for Standards and Technology.

The security recommendations relate to ensuring the secure execution of baseline functions of the hypervisor, when deployed for the purpose of server virtualization (but not for other use cases such as embedded systems or desktops). Recommendations for secure configuration of a virtual network are defined in SP 800-125B.

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