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Trend Micro brings security to cloud-sharing services

Some public clouds have security but this may not be in line with the security policy of an organisation, says Trend Micro's Darryn O'Brien.

Some public clouds have security but this may not be in line with the security policy of an organisation, says Trend Micro's Darryn O'Brien.

Trend Micro is expanding its cloud app security solution to integrate with major cloud sharing services that include Box, Dropbox and Google Drive.

According to the company, the solution enhances the content security built in to software-as-a-service (SAAS) platform to defend against targeted attacks and implement compliance initiatives.

Gartner estimated business cloud users to grow from 50 million in 2013 to 695 million by 2022, making data security a top operational concern for organisations transitioning to the cloud, says Trend Micro.

In addition, the IDC forecasts a compound annual growth rate in 2014 to 2019 of 27.8% for the worldwide cloud systems management software market.

Market growth reflects demand for a wide range of systems management software and SAAS solutions that are needed to enable provisioning, operation, and support of public, private, and hybrid cloud environments, it says.

Richard Ku, senior vice president, enterprise product and services management at Trend Micro, says with the increasing popularity of cloud application and file-sharing services such as Box and Dropbox, Trend Micro cloud app security now enables organisations to embrace the efficiency of these services while maintaining security.

Organisations adopting cloud services want to know where sensitive data is located and enforce whether it can be shared, says Trend Micro.

Security conscious organisations also realise their breach detection system may be missing traffic between off-network devices and cloud services, it says.

Darryn O'Brien, country manager at Trend Micro Southern Africa, says mobile users are bypassing the traditional network security within the organisation by using their devices.

"This means that a user can upload an infected file from their device directly into the organisation without any scanning happening on the document."

Some public clouds have security but this may not be in line with the security policy of an organisation, says O'Brien.

He points out most businesses are looking at migrating to cloud-based applications such as Office 365. While there is security built into Office 365, this may not be enough for some enterprise customers, he adds.

Without the proper controls in place, sensitive content can be inadvertently shared and cyber criminals can use content services to enter or migrate through an organisation, says Trend Micro.


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