Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Symantec Delivers Security Control Point for the Cloud

Symantec introduced its O3 Cloud Identity and Access Control -- a cloud information protection platform that will provide three layers of protection: access control, information security and information management. The aim is to provide companies with a single, secure access point to cloud applications and services.

In addition, Symantec has formed a partnership with salesforce.com to deliver Symantec O3 for Salesforce, a single sign on, access management and strong authentication application, built on Force.com, salesforce.com’s social enterprise platform.

Symantec O3 Cloud Identity and Access Control enables Single Sign On (SSO) across any web application, including those that do not support federation protocols. It leverages an enterprise’s existing identity infrastructure for authentication while enabling context-based authorization, password management and federation services. Symantec O3 Cloud Identity and Access Control comes pre-integrated with Symantec Validation and ID Protection Service (VIP), enabling enterprises to leverage their existing VPN credentials to strengthen access to any cloud application.

In the next phase, Symantec plans to deliver cloud information security by leveraging Symantec's leading DLP and PGP encryption technologies to automatically detect, block and encrypt confidential information before it’s stored or shared in the cloud. The third layer of Symantec O3 is scheduled to enable information management and compliance by aggregating all cloud-related security events, providing the foundation for comprehensive cloud audit, forensics and compliance.