Shielded VMs are virtual machines (VMs) on Google Cloud Platform hardened by a set of security controls that help defend against rootkits and bootkits. Using Shielded VMs helps protect enterprise workloads from threats like remote attacks, privilege escalation, and malicious insiders. Shielded VMs leverage advanced platform security capabilities such as secure and measured boot, a virtual trusted platform module (vTPM), UEFI firmware, and integrity monitoring.
Quickly protect VMs against advanced threats
In just a few clicks, you can enable Shielded VMs to help protect against threats such as malicious project insiders, malicious guest firmware, and kernel- or user-mode vulnerabilities.
Ensure workloads are trusted and verifiable
Shielded VMs help protect your virtual machines against rootkits and boot- and kernel-level malware with secure and measured boot capabilities. Using a vTPM, Shielded VMs provides a virtual root-of-trust to verify VM identity and ensure they’re part of your specified project and region.
Help protect secrets against exfiltration and replay
Using Shielded VMs, secrets generated or protected by a vTPM are sealed to a VM and only revealed once integrity is verified.
Shielded VMs features
Verifiable integrity with secure and measured boot
Secure boot helps prevent malicious code from being loaded early in the boot sequence. Measured boot ensures the integrity of the bootloader and kernel and boot drivers to guard against malicious modifications to the VM.
vTPM exfiltration resistance
Validate your guest VM pre-boot and boot integrity using vTPM technology, which is compatible with Trusted Computing Group TPM 2.0 specifications and is FIPS 140-2 L1 verified. A vTPM generates and securely stores encryption keys or sensitive data on guest operating systems.
Trusted UEFI firmware
Gain insight into the integrity state of Shielded VMs with tamper-evident attestation claims available in Stackdriver Logging and Stackdriver Monitoring. These integrity measurements help identify changes from the "healthy" baseline of your VM and current runtime state.
Live migration and patching
Keep your virtual machine instances running even when a host system event occurs, such as a software or hardware update.
Define IAM policies and permissions
Set policies and permissions that constrain all new Compute Engine VM instances to use shielded disk images and have vTPM and integrity monitoring options enabled.
Shield existing VM images
Transform your existing VMs into Shielded VMs that run on Google Cloud Platform, bringing verifiable integrity and exfiltration resistance to your existing images.
Shielded VMs pricing
There is no separate charge for using Shielded VMs.
Resources and integrations
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Shielded VMs documentation
Google Infrastructure Security Design Overview
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