Catbird(R) Leads Software-Defined Security With New Release of vSecurity

Catbird(R) Leads Software-Defined Security With New Release of vSecurity 
Catbird Opens European Headquarters to Help Datacenters Meet
Compliance and Security Standards 
SCOTTS VALLEY, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/17/13 --  Catbird(R), the
pioneer in security and compliance for virtual, cloud and physical
networks, today is announcing the next version of its award-winning
Software-Defined Security solution vSecurity(R) 5.5. vSecurity 5.5
dramatically increases the broad compliance monitoring and
enforcement capabilities of Catbird's flagship security solution,
giving IT networking and security personnel in regulated
software-defined datacenters the control and assurance they need to
pass their audits confidently. The company is also announcing the
establishment of its European HQ in the United Kingdom to be headed
up by Pedro Beitra, whose previous roles include Senior Business
Development Director at Citrix and CEO of VMCi. 
Catbird vSecurity is a network-based Software-defined Security (SDS)
solution, removing the need for expensive network security hardware
to secure the virtual and cloud datacenter. vSecurity secures
virtualized network components from within virtual infrastructure.
Just as virtualization abstracts computing away from physical
hardware, software-defined security untethers security from expensive
single-purpose hardware security appliances, traditional models that
have limited utility in software-defined datacenters. As a result,
security is more adaptive, more agile and less expensive.  
Security and compliance are increasingly critical requirements of
enterprise virtualization and private cloud roll-outs. Traditional
physical datacenter network security architectures are rigid and
complex, limiting their effectiveness in software-defined
datacenters, which are characterized by transience and mobility.
Catbird's software-defined security tackles this problem with an
innovative architecture, integrating security into the virtualized
network itself. vSecurity is context-aware, adaptive and can be
scaled to the size of the datacenter itself, requiring no more or no
less security than what is actually needed. 
"Virtualization and cloud-based data centers continue to expand in
Europe. Catbird will have an essential role in accelerating this
growth by ensuring the security of these deployments," noted Pedro
Beitra, GM of Catbird Europe. "We think the market is ready to take
secure virtualization to the next level." 
"Accelerating the adoption of virtualized infrastructure and enabling
IT to operate at cloud scale is one of the first steps in realizing
the benefits of the software-defined datacenter," said Parag Patel,
vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. "Catbird's
integration of VMware vCloud Networking and Security(TM) with
vSecurity 5.5 can accelerate the adoption of virtualized
infrastructure in even the most sensitive of datacenters."  
"With double the number of controls and compliance checks, Catbird
vSecurity 5.5 is a game-changer for IT security managers and auditors
looking to safely expand their virtualized datacenters to include
mission-critical, regulated assets," said Edmundo Costa, Catbird CEO.
"No other product orchestrates as broad a range of network security
controls and compliance checks, purpose-built for software-defined
datacenters. IT can now take full advantage of the benefits and cost
savings of virtualization, without compromising on security or
With the introduction of advanced vulnerability monitoring as one of
its core elements, vSecurity 5.5 monitors and enforces more controls
than any other vendor for compliance with PCI, FISMA, NIST, HIPAA and
other standards in virtualized datacenters. Vulnerability management
joins a host of other existing security controls in vSecurity,
including Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP), Network
Segmentation and TrustZones(R), Network Flow Mapping, Policy
Establishment and Enforcement, Access Control and Firewalling
(integrated with VMware vCloud Networking and Security(TM)), and
control orchestration and automation. 
vSecurity 5.1 incorporates such new features as:  

--  Vulnerability and Configuration Management - Some of the main threats
    to a datacenter are known vulnerabilities -- flaws in a system or
    application that will impact security if exploited. Catbird vSecurity
    5.5 automatically and continuously scans the virtualized network for
    these vulnerabilities, alerting, reporting and optionally quarantining
    assets where vulnerability is detected. The vulnerability management
    system also provides advanced features such as forensics and false
    positive management.
--  Compliance Monitoring - Catbird vSecurity's vulnerability management
    system introduces many additional PCI Control checks, dramatically
    increasing coverage for PCI and other compliance frameworks. vSecurity
    5.5 supplies "canned" policy configuration options related to PCI and
    other standards for 1-click compliance monitoring and enforcement.
--  FIPS 140-2 Level 1 Certification - vSecurity 5.5 incorporates approved
    Federal Information Processing Standards encryption libraries. These
    libraries are required for federal government private cloud
--  Vulnerability Trend Reporting - vSecurity 5.5 supplies a trending
    report for IT management to use in analysis of vulnerabilities in the
    virtualized datacenter. The report shows detected vulnerabilities,
    sorted by severity, over a given time period, demonstrating the
    effectiveness of vulnerability management to the security posture of
    the network.
--  Scan Policy Management - vSecurity 5.5 gives IT security managers the
    ability to automatically set policy threshold configurations based on
    vulnerability criteria as defined by standards such as MITRE's Common
    Vulnerability Enumeration (CVE) and NIST's Common Vulnerability
    Scoring System (CVSS). Security operators are able to set alerting and
    quarantine thresholds using the values of discovered vulnerabilities
    expressed in terms of CVE and CVSS.

Catbird vSecurity 5.5 is available immediately. The company will be
demonstrating the product at the Infosecurity Europe trade show next
week in London, at booth K78. To download a free evaluation version
of vSecurity, go to To learn more about
Catbird's industry-leading, comprehensive security solutions for
virtual and cloud environments, visit Follow
Catbird on Twitter at @CatbirdSecurity, or Facebook at 
About Catbird (
 Catbird is the industry leader in
software-defined security -- comprehensive security and compliance
for virtualized, cloud and physical environments. Catbird is a winner
of four Best of Show Finalist Awards at VMworld and SC Magazine's
"Innovator of the Year 2011" for virtualization security. Via Catbird
vSecurity, Catbird is the only company delivering best-practice
software-defined security and compliance for the new datacenter. As
companies migrate mainstream servers and desktops to virtual
environments, uncertainty over security and compliance can impact
deployment plans. Catbird's protection eliminates these worries and
keeps virtualization plans on track. 
VMware, VMware vCloud Networking and Security and VMware vCloud are
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VMware and any other company. 
Tony Keller
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