by Bharat Mistry
All over the UK and across the globe, organisations are waking up to the transformative benefits of cloud computing. Whether it’s software-as-a-service, PaaS or IaaS, it offers IT managers a whole new computing platform on which to drive greater efficiency, business agility and even cost savings. But fail to secure your data and that major cloud project could be making headlines for all the wrong reasons. It’s no surprise that cloud security market is predicted to soar by nearly 50% over the next few years.
At Trend Micro we were one of the first cyber security vendors in the industry to spot the potential, and the dangers, of doing business in the cloud. So it was fantastic to see our flagship platform Deep Security voted Best Cloud Security Product at the V3 Technology Awards 2015 last Friday.
A shared responsibility
Cloud adoption is growing at a rate we’ve barely seen before. Goldman Sachs predicted recently that the global market for infrastructure and platform services would grow at nearly 20% CAGR from 2015 to 2018 – more than doubling over the next three years to reach a staggering $43 billion. But where there’s money, there’s usually cybercrime, and the cloud is no different. As more and more organisations start their journey to the cloud, online attackers are finding that there are some commonly overlooked security holes ripe for exploiting.
Many IT leaders make the mistake of trying to apply traditional security tools into their virtual or cloud environments. This simply won’t do. The sheer number of VMs to be scanned and updated simultaneously means that agent-based security can lead to resource contention and AV “storms” – threatening to wipe out all the productivity and efficiency benefits of the cloud. There’s also a wider issue of IT buyers failing to appreciate their security responsibilities when embarking on a cloud project. Most providers will take care of some security in the datacentre, but the buck still stops with the customer when it comes to keeping corporate data safe.
When we first released Deep Security onto the market several years ago there was still a certain amount of education that had to be done to highlight these challenges to IT managers. The market itself was still in its very early stages, with relatively little choice out there. That’s not the case today of course. In fact, the latest estimates from Research and Markets suggest the global cloud security software market will grow at a CAGR of 48.46% over the period 2014-2019. In that report, Trend Micro is placed firmly in the top category of just four Key Vendors.
But we know there’s a lot of choice out there for IT security bosses looking to secure their cloud-based data. So it’s always pleasing to have our products validated by an independent third party. On Friday, enterprise technology website V3.co.uk announced its much anticipated Technology Awards 2015 winners at a ceremony at five star luxury hotel The Montcalm in central London. We were thrilled to see Deep Security take the award for Best Cloud Security Product. What’s particularly pleasing about these awards is that the nominees are shortlisted first by a panel of experts and then voted for finally by V3 readers – who are primarily enterprise IT staff.
With Deep Security you get comprehensive, award-winning protection for your physical, cloud or virtual servers, with the following:
- Anti-malware with web reputation
- File and system integrity monitoring for compliance and targeted attacks prevention
- Intrusion detection and protection to shield unpatched vulnerabilities
- Stateful firewall to provide a customizable perimeter around each server
- Log inspection to identify targeted attacks and other security events
- Designed to be cloud and virtual-ready, so there are no resource constraints or performance hits
- Instant-on security protects each VM wherever it is, helping customers meet their shared security responsibilities in the cloud
If you want to find out more about why the readers and editors of V3.co.uk liked our flagship cloud security platform so much, get in touch today.