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VMware's Tom Gillis on Preventing East-West Hacker Movement

Gillis on Why Network and Endpoint Visibility Is Needed to Thwart Lateral Movement
Tom Gillis, senior vice president and general manager of networking and advanced security, VMware

Organizations must think differently about how to detect adversaries in the cloud rather than merely shifting their on-premises controls into the cloud, says VMware's Tom Gillis (see: VMware Doubles Down on Multi-Cloud, Lateral Movement Defense).

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Combining Carbon Black's insights into the endpoint with NSX's ability to see network connections that a traditional network switch would miss has allowed VMware to more effectively spot lateral movement, says Gillis, senior vice president and general manager of networking and advanced security. VMware is under agreement to be bought by Broadcom, which will bring together the Symantec, VMware and Carbon Black security practices.

"If you have this level of visibility where you can really see and understand the context of what's happening in your data center, the lateral movement of an attacker sticks out like a sore thumb," Gillis says. "The magic is that we have access to data that our competitors don't, and that's what's going to drive efficacy."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Gillis also discusses:

  • How Project Northstar can help secure multi-cloud environments;
  • The benefits of putting security processing power in the cloud;
  • Why organizations need more control over application policies.

Gillis drives VMware's strategy in cloud, security and enterprise computing. Prior to joining VMware, he was CEO of Bracket Computing, which he founded in December 2011. Before starting Bracket, he was vice president and general manager of Cisco Systems' security technology group. He previously served as vice president of marketing and part of the founding team of IronPort Systems, which was acquired by Cisco in 2007. Prior to that, he was vice president and general manager at iBEAM Broadcasting, an internet startup that went public on Nasdaq. He also worked at Silicon Graphics, Boston Consulting Group and Raytheon Corp.

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Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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