Symantec launches corporate cloud platform

By Antone Gonsalves on Feb 29, 2012 8:31 AM
Filed under Cloud

For uneasy enterprises.

Symantec took its O3 cloud security platform out of beta yesterday at the RSA conference, targeting corporations tentative about jumping aboard the cloud bandwagon. 

O3, first unveiled last year, automates data protection and governance and is designed to provide access to information based on corporate policies. It uses identity as a basis for allowing single sign-on to cloud services.

"O3 adds a control point for enterprises, so people are actually going through a gateway where there's a single point of authentication," Brian Duckering, senior manager for enterprise mobility at Symantec, said. "We can verify who they are and then use that same identity as they're accessing sites."

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The platform will be rolled out in three phases. The first will encompasses access control through single sign-on and identity brokering, followed by data loss prevention and encryption technologies and compliance control through the aggregation of security events to perform audits

The strategy behind O3 is to give corporate employees access to cloud services that are necessary for their jobs, while ensuring data protection.

"This is an extension to what we're already doing with mobile, trying to maintain a high level of productivity, but add a secure layer, so that we can control the flow of information and we can control potential loss and access control," Duckering said.

The platform will be available through Symantec's channel in the second half of the year.

Symantec also unveiled several of its security products with VMware-based virtualised environments. VMware customers choosing Symantec can get the tools for system protection, data loss prevention, compliance control and endpoint security.

This summer, Symantec plans to release Mobile Security for Android, enterprise software focused on preventing malicious applications from stealing corporate and personal data, while also preventing users from visiting malicious web sites. The software is expected to be available for tablets and smartphones in the spring.

Symantec is also targeting tablets with the upcoming release of Data Loss Prevention for Tablets, which will first shop for Apple's iPad in April.

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