During the past 18 months, there has been an exponentially growing trend for technology transfer, infrastructure and applications to the cloud. This offers opportunities to organizations to fundamentally differentiate the delivery and use of business applications and data for their users.
The prospect of significant reduction in costs however, results in new challenges regarding the security of data and information travelling to and from the cloud and those which actually reside on cloud applications and servers. For this reason, there is a growing trend to deliver “cloud security” solutions to protect against the risks of compromise to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of such data and information when parts or entire business processes are outsourced to a cloud provider.
“Cloud security” however, has another, very different meaning. Specifically, the security delivery model that aligns to cloud application delivery is Security as a Service or “SECaaS”. If we look at the state of information security solutions today, there are several challenges to be overcome.
Firstly the good news! Most organisations nowadays accept that information security is not optional. At the same time businesses leaders continue not to clearly understand exactly what they buy, why and the benefits and deliverables of security solutions. Technology leaders (such as CIOs / CISOs) understand the need, but are challenged to present the (often intangible) benefits.
Security skills are scarce, and projects typically expensive, long and with high implementation risk. What’s worse, even if a project is technically successful, the business continues to be skeptical of the value delivered as typically it means more “NOs” than “Yes” from their security colleagues! The non-strategic (but highly important) task of maintaining the effectiveness of the security solutions is quite hard, and the financial profile of security investments is not so favorable either. High upfront cash outlays and recurring expenses in the form of subscriptions, maintenance fees, etc., result in real lock-in for a period of 4-7 years! Simply put, if it is on the balance sheet, it will stay on the balance sheet until it is depreciated….
So is there a better way to buy and consume security? If yes, what are the characteristics of such solutions and the key benefits they can deliver?
Since September 2012, PhoenixPro has delivered a fully operational Security as a Service cloud. The solution is available on a subscription basis, in bundles starting from 10 users, up to thousands of users per organization, irrespective of the number and location of their physical offices. It already supports most popular mobile platforms and is delivered on a subscription basis for maximum speed and effectiveness.
Security as a Service is a revolutionary and innovative concept already used by several customers that reflects the delivery of information security applications such as next generation firewalling, intrusion and threat prevention, mail and web security, encryption, secure remote access and ssl inspection through the cloud. This is a highly effective delivery model that can result in several advantages over the traditional way of buying and consuming security…
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Author: Georgios A. Korellis, CEO at PhoenixPro Ltd
Georgios A. Korellis is the founder and CEO of PhoenixPro. He is an acknowledged security expert with 20+ years of solid security consulting and integration experience in numerous countries. Georgios is a Cloud Security Visionary who with a team of other security experts, has delivered the world innovative Security-as-a-Service, ‘In-the-Cloud-Security’ infrastructure and solution suites. He is a pioneer entrepreneur with several years “C-suite” experience and impeccable business credentials at an international level.Georgios has a laser-sharp focus on innovation, delivering strong value to partners and customers and unique experience in managing a channel of partners for mutual benefit.