Securing and Auditing Virtualized Environments

MIS Training Institute (MISTI)
Training overview
5 days

Course description

Securing and Auditing Virtualized Environments

This seminar focuses on ESX and Hyper-V security.

Participants will learn about:

  • Virtualization basics.
  • Hardware virtualization considerations.
  • Different versions of ESX.
  • Access to the management console.
  • Best practices for securing ESX servers.
  • ESX logging and other configuration problems to ensure ESX virtual server hosts are stable and secure.
  • Hyper-V and best practices for securing a Hyper-V environment.
  • Formulating a suggested audit program of ESX/Hyper-V and the virtual server environment.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for:

  • Information Security Managers, Analysts, and Administrators
  • IT Managers, Architects, and Developers/Integrators
  • IT Auditors
  • Network and System Administrators
  • Security Architects and Engineers
  • Application Certification/Quality Assurance Specialists
  • Consultants
  • Compliance Officers
  • Project Managers

A working knowledge of operating system security, networking concepts, and associated logical access controls, Network Security Essentials (ASG203)​, Intermediate Audit School (ITG241)​or equivalent experience.

Training Content

Course content

Virtualization Basics
• define virtualization
• advantages and disadvantages of virtualization
• hardware considerations
• high availability
• back-up strategies
• ESX and Hyper-V
• integrating virtualization and disaster recovery
• potential hypervisor attacks

ESX Basics
• ESX versions
• ESX 4.x and 5.x
• managing ESX hosts
• ESX host security
• patching ESX hosts

Hyper-V Basics
• Windows Server 2012 vs. Windows Server 2012 Server Core
• Installing Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012 vs. Server Core 2012
• System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Server Core and Hyper-V
• Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V 2012
• best practices for securing Hyper-V hosts

Developing an Audit Program for ESX/Hyper-V
• hardware parameters
• proper UPS configuration for hosts and guests
• best practices for console access
• log file configuration and review
• firewall configuration
• SNMP configuration
• Scanning for servers for security holes/viruses/root kits
• back-up strategy
• patch management
• VMotion/DRS security
• virtual guest configuration
• virtual server guest base images

ESX Case Study


The cost of this course is $2895 per participant. Request information to learn more!

Certification / Credits

Completion of this course is worth 40 CPE Credits



MIS Training Institute (MISTI)

With offices in London and Boston, MISTI is the global leader in IT audit, audit and information security training. Founded in 1978, MISTI has gained experience through training more than 200,000 delegates across five continents.  MISTI has made it their...

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Average rating 4.7

Based on 3 reviews

Liz H.
Lots of real life examples. The demos helped put the lecture in perspective.
Mary Ann W.
Course exceeded my expectations. Instructor was very knowledgeable and engaging. One of the better courses I've attended.
Matthew, S, First Hawaiian Bank
Great session full of real-life examples and not only specific details but conceptual understanding.
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