"Protection is relevant not only from unauthorized users outside of an organization, but for internal cloud implementations internal security is also a relevant consideration such that segregation of information between departments within the same organization (e.g., finance, HR, sales, R&D, etc.) is desirable.
"Accordingly, a solution is needed for verification of returned/checked-in/end-of-service images so that such guest virtual machines cannot be used again so that data left on such machines will not be exposed. Further, such attempted unauthorized activity should be exposed to validate regulation and compliance needs."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The invention addressing these and other problems relates to systems and methods enabling secure virtual image access in a virtual or cloud computing environment. The systems and methods include assigning a status indicator to guest virtual machines (virtual images) that provide applications and other services to cloud consumers in the cloud environment. A virtual appliance machine in the cloud environment maintains the status of the guest virtual machines and makes decisions based on the status as to whether to allow access to the guest virtual machines. These decisions are transmitted to local elements on the guest virtual machines, which enforce access control on a local level. In this manner, unauthorized virtual image access is prevented providing increased security and data integrity.
"A system for providing secure virtual image access may reside in a virtual or cloud computing environment. The system may include a virtual appliance machine (also referred to herein as a 'virtual access control machine') and/or the components thereof and that interact with one or more guest virtual machines (also referred to as 'images' or a 'virtual images') and/or various components thereof. As the guest virtual machines described herein are virtual in nature, the ability to control and/or limit their use is different from that of physical machines. Accordingly, the virtual appliance machine provides access control features for the one or more guest virtual machines.
"A guest virtual machine provides one or more applications, media, data access, data manipulation, and/or other 'services' to consumers in the cloud environment. The services provided by an individual guest virtual machine may be customized according to the needs of a given user such that a bundle or suite of services may be provided to a user by a given guest virtual machine or several guest virtual machines. Furthermore, a guest virtual machine may provide applications, media, data, or other services that a user has loaded onto the guest virtual machine themselves. Accordingly, a guest virtual machine may provide storage and/or processing services to a user. A user may interact with a guest virtual machine on the cloud computing environment where it resides using one or more user devices. For example, a user device may connect to the cloud environment via a network (e.g., the Internet, a private network, and/or other network).
"As described herein, access and misuse protections may be provided by proper disposal of virtual guest machines. As a guest virtual machine may include a specific instantiated representation of one or more applications or other services, once it is no longer needed or available to a user the specific guest virtual machine may be segregated from access by user machines and therefore from access by users. Accordingly, the systems and methods provided herein associate guest virtual machines with specific status indicators that may be used to provide access control.
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