Ask any IT administrator about the cloud, especially cloud-based applications, and chances are you’ll sense some unease. They see its potential in terms of cost-effectiveness and agility, but express some concerns in terms of security. At Symantec we envision a future, cloud-centric world, where clouds are safe and our solutions provide the protection and control customers need across both public and private clouds.
In this vision, many clouds will be the norm. The user experience will involve a seamless interaction of cloud-based services with constant access to what is needed, when needed, without security concerns. Whether it is access to email archives, sales presentations, or financial reports, secure cloud-based services will enable customers to be more productive wherever they may be.
There are some challenges to overcome before we get to the point where all companies will feel safe migrating enormous petabytes of sensitive business data to the cloud. Over the past couple of years they have become high profile targets for attacks, and this will continue to happen. However, there are many ways to stop an incursion before it transitions into a full data breach. One of the keys to properly protecting information requires context: customers need to track what the information is, how important it is, and who needs access to it. In addition to deploying a data loss prevention solution, other priority security measures include encryption and identity protection. Establishing cloud-related governance, risk and compliance policies is also critical. This is especially important in industries such as finance and healthcare, but it’s a concern for all businesses which track personally identifiable information about their clients.
One of our customers who has already taken steps to ensure the security of its cloud services is Citizens Business Bank. “Staying competitive and servicing our banking customers is a top priority for Citizens Business Bank,” said Elsa Zavala, executive vice president and chief information officer, Citizens Business Bank. “We see cloud services as a major advantage for our business, associates, partners, and customers. Symantec provides the expertise, cloud training and integrated safe cloud solutions, leveraging our infrastructures, to deliver on our cloud strategies with confidence.”
Symantec’s commitment to protecting businesses of all sizes brings us closer to this safe clouds reality. We are poised to transition today’s clouds from experimental use to tomorrow’s full clouds migration, as highly safe, agile and efficient running machines. Think of us as advancing and protecting clouds. We’re developing the safe clouds of the future.