Nutanix Security Infrastructure

  • 28 December 2020
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Nutanix takes a holistic approach to security with a secure platform, extensive automation, and a robust partner ecosystem. The Nutanix security development life cycle (SecDL) integrates security into every step of product development, rather than applying it as an afterthought. The SecDL is a foundational part of product design. The strong pervasive culture and processes built around security harden the Enterprise Cloud Platform and eliminate zero-day vulnerabilities. Efficient one-click operations and self-healing security models easily enable automation to maintain security in an always-on hyperconverged solution.

Since traditional manual configuration and checks cannot keep up with the ever-growing list of security requirements, Nutanix conforms to RHEL 7 Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) that use machine-readable code to automate compliance against rigorous common standards. With Nutanix Security Configuration Management Automation (SCMA), you can quickly and continually assess and remediate your platform to ensure that it meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements.

Nutanix has standardized the security profile of the Controller VM to a security compliance baseline that meets or exceeds the standard high-governance requirements.

The most commonly used references in United States to guide vendors to build products according to the set of technical requirements are as follows.

  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publications Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations (NIST 800.53)

  • The US Department of Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIG)

SCMA Implementation

The Nutanix platform and all products leverage the security configuration management automation (SCMA) framework to ensure that services are constantly inspected for variance to the security policy.

Nutanix has implemented security configuration management automation (SCMA) to check multiple security entities for both Nutanix storage and AHV. Nutanix automatically reports log inconsistencies and reverts them to the baseline.

With SCMA, you can schedule the STIG to run hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly. STIG has the lowest system priority within the virtual storage controller, ensuring that security checks do not interfere with platform performance.

Note: Only the SCMA schedule can be modified. The AIDE schedule is run on a fixed weekly schedule. To change the SCMA schedule for AHV or the Controller VM, see Hardening Instructions.


Security Updates

Nutanix provides continuous fixes and updates to address threats and vulnerabilities. Nutanix Security Advisories provide detailed information on the available security fixes and updates, including the vulnerability description and affected product/version.

To see the list of security advisories or search for a specific advisory, log on to the Support Portal and select Documentation, and then Security Advisories.


For more information, please visit our documentation on Nutanix Security Infrastructure

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