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Incident management (IM) is a necessary part of a security program. When effective, it mitigates business impact, identifies weaknesses in controls, and helps fine-tune response processes. Traditional IM approaches, however, are not always effective in a partially or completely virtualized data center. Consequently, some aspects of incident management and response processes require review and adjustment as an increasing number of critical systems move to virtual servers. For our discussion of IM, virtualization is defined as the abstraction of logical servers from underlying hardware resources. This is not always the case, but it is a good starting point. Why an IM Review is Important Some organizations are eager to implement virtualization to quickly gain associated cost and flexibility advantages. In my experience, this rush to a virtualized data center assumes th... (more)