Simplify Your Zero Trust Journey

With VMware, security becomes intrinsic to your infrastructure. Learn how you can reduce your attack surface to mitigate security risk, ensure compliance, and simplify security operations and architect.

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Built-in, Unified and Context-Centric Security

Intrinsic security is not a product, tool or bundle. It is a strategy for leveraging your infrastructure and control points in new ways—in real time—across any app, cloud, or device so that you can shift from a reactive security posture to a position of strength. Learn how to use what you have in new ways, so you can help unify your security and IT teams, and accelerate how they identify risk, and prevent, detect and respond to threats with the right context and insights.

Security Needs to be Built-in, not Bolted-on

Rather than relying on a standalone product for each capability, intrinsic security maximizes controls directly built-in to the infrastructure. By leveraging the virtual layer, you can use your existing infrastructure in new ways to protect your endpoints and workloads, networks, workspaces, and clouds, while gaining greater visibility and control over policies that protect your business.

Context-centric, not Threat-centric

Intrinsic security should provide you with rich context not just about threats, but about what you are protecting—your endpoints and workloads, networks, workspaces, and clouds.


Context-centric security means you know behaviors and intended actions, including applications, data, users, access points, and configurations. It equips you with powerful knowledge that, combined with the latest threat intelligence, enables you to act faster to prevent and respond to new threats.

Unified, not Siloed

Security teams frequently work in silos away from IT and operations teams, making it harder to get a holistic, clear security picture. An intrinsic security approach brings tools and teams together by enabling your security professionals to use data and events from IT and operations to more effectively control threats and policies. This unified approach leverages cloud, application, and device infrastructure to provide richer insights about the security environment.


By unifying your teams and technology, you can collaborate more effectively and increase agility when it comes to responding to new vulnerabilities and threats.

Points of Vulnerability to Points of Control

The strategy behind intrinsic security is building security into your infrastructure to turn points of vulnerability into points of security control. This enables you get insights across any app, any cloud, and any device to simplify and strengthen your approach to security and keep emerging threats at bay.


The control points that are critical to the intrinsic security strategy are networks, workloads, endpoints, identity, and clouds.

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Transform Your Enterprise Security Solutions

Segment Networks and Inspect Traffic

Virtualize your network security stack and gain protection that's intrinsic to your infrastructure. Mitigate risk, ensure compliance, and lower costs while vastly simplifying the operational model of firewalls, IDS/IPS, and network access in your data centers and clouds.

Consolidate Endpoint and Workload Protections

Consolidate multiple security capabilities including next-gen antivirus, endpoint detection and response (EDR), and cloud workload protection. Utilizing platform modules, you can identify risk, prevent, detect and respond to the latest and most complex attacks while hunting for abnormal activities using threat intelligence.

Protect Your Digital Workspace

Deliver predictive and automated security for users, apps and endpoints across your digital workspace with a modern, cloud-native enterprise security platform.

Mitigate Public Cloud Security Risks

Get real-time insight into cloud resources, misconfigurations, threats, and change activity. Graphically visualize resource relationships and investigate issues. Prioritize findings based on risk, automatically remediate issues, and collaborate with developers.

VMware Products for Intrinsic Security

Carbon Black Cloud

Transform your security with cloud native endpoint protection that adapts to your needs.

Workspace ONE

Securely deliver and manage any app on any device with VMware Workspace ONE, an intelligence-driven digital workspace platform.

NSX Service-defined Firewall

Rely on a distributed, scale-out internal firewall that is built on NSX, to secure east-west traffic across multi-cloud environments.

VMware Secure State

Reduce risk and protect millions of cloud resources by remediating security violations and scaling best practices at cloud speed. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About VMware Intrinsic Security

No, intrinsic security is not a product, or tool, or bundle with a SKU. It is a fundamentally different approach to securing your business. It’s a strategy for leveraging your infrastructure and control points in new ways—in real time—across any app, cloud, or device so that you can shift from a reactive security posture to a position of strength.

At its core, intrinsic security has three main attributes. First, it’s built-in, with security capabilities baked into the control points in your infrastructure. Second, it’s an approach that unifies tools and teams to work better together and solve security problems. And third, it leverages control points to get insights into application and IT context as well as threats. These three areas help organizations shift from a reactive posture to a position of strength.

Intrinsic security helps organization reduce their risk through three key attributes. Built-in security means fewer products, agents, and complexity, reducing the chance for misconfiguration and vulnerabilities. Unifying tools and teams across security, IT, and operations improves holistic visibility to identify threats. Leveraging the infrastructure for real-time context and control points means we help organizations better detect and respond to threats.

Intrinsic security uses technology across the network, endpoint, workload, workspace and cloud to solve the most difficult cybersecurity problems in the enterprise. With this approach, organizations can secure their applications, users, and clouds from existing and emerging threats, identify and mitigate risks, meet regulatory compliance requirements, and do so with less complexity across their security portfolio.

VMware’s strategy is embedding security in everything we do, so nearly every product in the portfolio has security capabilities built-in. That said, the primary security products areas for focus are Carbon Black Cloud for endpoint and workload security, NSX and VeloCloud for network security, Workspace ONE for workspace security, and VMware Secure State for public cloud security.

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