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Auditing in shared distributed virtualized environments

Baldwin, Adrian; Shiu, Simon; Beres, Yolanta

HPL-2008-4

Keyword(s): audit, virtualization, security, assurance

Abstract: The introduction of virtualization into the data centre can help provide a more manageable platform for the enterprise by reducing the number of physical machines and increasing utilization as well as enabling automation via virtual machines, networks and storage elements. Enterprises are required to demonstrate good IT governance and that business risks associated with IT systems are appropriately mitigated; companies have audit programs to provide such assurance. This paper examines the changes to risks that emerge due to the usages of virtualization within the data centre and we then discuss the requirements for an audit framework capable of providing automated assurance.

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