VMware Telco Cloud emphasizes the integration of intrinsic security with the software and infrastructure so that security is programmable, automated, and context-aware. Security that is built into the software and infrastructure improves visibility, reduces complexity, and focuses on security defenses. Intrinsic security enables you to apply and automate adaptive security measures such as micro-segmentation.

Even with intrinsic security, the following security best practices are necessary:

  • Identify and deactivate unnecessary functionality and software

  • Identify interfaces that are not required

  • Remove all unnecessary accounts

  • Follow the principles of least privilege and separation of duties for service and administrator accounts

  • Deactivate unnecessary network services

  • Audit open ports and their uses

  • Harden VMs, hypervisors, and other components

  • Conduct penetration testing regularly