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Trend Micro Offers Encryption Solution for Cloud Computing

SecureCloud gives control over data stored in public, private or hybrid clouds back to enterprises

On Tuesday Trend Micro announced the public beta availability of Trend Micro SecureCloud, furthering the company's mission to extend multi-layered protection to data residing in the private or public cloud. By applying new patent-pending key-management technology combined with industry-standard encryption, SecureCloud gives control over data stored in public, private or hybrid clouds back to enterprises.

Private and public clouds provide compelling business value in lowering costs and increasing business agility, but also present new security gaps and operational challenges that conventional defenses cannot resolve. For example, IDC conducted a survey of 263 IT executives, CIOs and their line of business colleagues to gauge their opinions and understand their companies' use of IT Cloud Services. Security ranked first as the greatest challenge or issue attributed to cloud computing. SecureCloud was designed to address these concerns: It alleviates data security, privacy and compliance risks associated with deploying information into any cloud-computing environment.

You're always in control because you hold the encryption keysSecureCloud's patent-pending approach integrates unique policy-based key management, industry-standard encryption and virtual-server authentication to safely and easily deploy data into private or public cloud environments. This lightweight approach enables cloud users to secure sensitive information without having to install a vastly more complex secure file infrastructure. It can deliver services in a private cloud that resides in the enterprise datacenter, a public cloud outside the enterprise managed by third-party service providers, or a hybrid cloud that combines private and public clouds. Since users choose and manage their own security solution, they gain the freedom and power to move to whichever provider or deployment model fits their needs.

SecureCloud gives users exclusive custody over their encryption keys, where other encryption solutions might share or keep custody of keys. This approach provides "separation of duties," allowing cloud customers the ability to leverage the efficiencies and benefits of cloud services while maintaining authority over the information within their environments.

SecureCloud also helps users comply with security standards set in regulations like HITECH, PCI DSS and GLBA by safeguarding sensitive and personally identifiable information with strong encryption techniques. Ultimately, giving data owners the exclusive ability to dictate when and where encryption keys are deployed allows them to maintain complete control over their information and operate safely in any cloud computing environment.

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Salvatore Genovese is a Cloud Computing consultant and an i-technology blogger based in Rome, Italy. He occasionally blogs about SOA, start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, open source and bleeding-edge technologies, companies, and personalities. Sal can be reached at hamilton(at)sys-con.com.

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