Catbird's V-Agent runs as "guest" software in the VMware hypervisor in order to monitor and protect the VM and the other software-based "guest" applications from unauthorized access, according to Catbird's chief technology officer Michael Berman,
The V-Agent can track activity between guests, between guests and the hypervisor, and between guests and the external network. If V-Agent spots unauthorized activity in a monitored virtual machine, it will send an alert or page to the network manager, Berman said.
Stanford Federal Credit Union in Palo Alto, Calif., has been testing Catbird V-Agent on its VMware-based virtual machine servers. Internal testing has shown that V-Agent recognizes unauthorized software on VMware and can block specific attacks, though there have been instances of false positives, said Andrew Voorhies, IT manager of the credit union. .
Catbird will be making the V-Agent available in August as part of its managed-security services portfolio, which includes Web Security and network Admission Control.