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Monday, August 17 • 3:20pm - 3:50pm
VM Introspection: Practical Applications - Steven Maresca, Zentific LLC and Russell Jancewicz, Zentific LLC

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Xen possesses uniquely powerful capabilities for monitoring virtual machine behavior. Collectively known as virtual machine introspection (VMI), these capabilities are often described from a security perspective, yet they are incredibly useful far beyond that sphere. VMI enables observation of both OS and software from an external vantage point, even when a VM has crashed, when a customer has locked himself out of the OS, when a guest is so minimalistic that it lacks management tools, and when a VM is inaccessible via network. We will explore how VMI complements traditional systems monitoring tools and aids issues encountered in daily IT operations. A variety of perspectives will be considered from unikernels to automotive/embedded, from performance metrics to audit/compliance, from debugging to security. Finally, we will review dev tools and libraries for using these fantastic features.


Russell Jancewicz

Senior Security Engineer, Zentific LLC
Russell Jancewicz is a security researcher and software developer at Zentific LLC. He has experience with large scale enterprise environments supporting a wide range of services, including identity and access management for a top fifteen research university. His focus of research... Read More →

Steven Maresca

Lead engineer and security researcher, Zentific LLC
Steven Maresca is lead engineer and security researcher at Zentific LLC. In this role, he builds flexible tools to manage virtual machines and reduce complexity in systems security.  He possesses deep knowledge of hypervisor internals, systems design, and information security. Most... Read More →

Monday August 17, 2015 3:20pm - 3:50pm PDT
Ravenna C Sheraton Seattle, 1400 6th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

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