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Cloud-Based Security Services: When Will Market Expectations Be Realized?

Gartner highlights the trough of disillusionment for “cloud-based security services”

By David Canellos
PerspecSys President and CEO

Gartner recently issued a research note on "Cloud-Based Security Services," the capability to deliver security controls without on-premise technology deployment and management. The category currently sits in the "Trough of Disillusionment" in the latest Gartner Hype Cycle for Cloud Security, meaning the technologies offered have failed to meet market expectations.

Gartner suggests that users investigate specific areas in their cloud implementations and SLAs, including service continuity, response time, and customization to ensure they deliver on the expected outcomes. A key design goal of the PerspecSys Cloud Data Protection Gateway was to offer multiple deployment options, including cloud data protection as a service. Our validated Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) hosting partners are well-equipped and experienced in supporting enterprise mission-critical business requirements. Our IaaS partners have a long history of providing a variety of enterprise services - including security - without any on-premise infrastructure, and they do not compromise on service continuity, response time, or user customization. Our cloud data protection virtual service is underpinned through our partners' SLAs, consistent with what enterprise companies have come to expect.

Users must also consider that changing requirements are now mandatory in today's business environment, and this can create risk in cloud security implementations. By working with a variety of IaaS partners, PerspecSys offers a utility service in which cloud data protection is consumed on an as-needed basis, and vendor lock-in is reduced. Our solution is built using standards-based technologies (Linux, Java, Oracle, mainstream encryption ciphers, and FIPS 140-2 validation), and it supports multiple clouds as a platform to ensure customers are not locked-in to single cloud data protection controls, IaaS partners, or cloud applications.

Enterprises that opt for a "Cloud-Based Security Services" deployment model like PerspecSys offers are generally in verticals driven by industry compliance and directives. These organizations have to address regulatory requirement for securing sensitive business data (GLBA, HIPAA & HITECH, PCI DSS, ITAR, etc.). For data residency needs, although many enterprises opt for PerspecSys as a service, others will opt for an on-premise deployment to keep customer sensitive data behind the firewall in the data center for complete control.

PerspecSys figures prominently as a cloud access security broker in the space Gartner has coined "Cloud Encryption Gateways." And we believe that as these cloud security innovations continue the rapid adoption towards mainstream acceptance, market expectations of security controls via "Cloud-Based Security Services" will also be realized.

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PerspecSys Inc. is a leading provider of cloud data security and SaaS security solutions that remove the technical, legal and financial risks of placing sensitive company data in the cloud. PerspecSys accomplishes this for many large, heavily regulated companies who rely on cloud compliance by never allowing sensitive data to leave a customer's network, while maintaining the functionality of cloud applications. Based in Toronto, PerspecSys Inc. is a privately held company backed by investors that include Intel Capital and GrowthWorks.

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David Canellos is a security veteran who is now President and CEO of PerspecSys. An entrepreneur specializing in bringing innovative security and privacy solutions to market, he has been instrumental in establishing PerspecSys as the leader in the Cloud data Protection Gateway market.

Before joining PerspecSys, David held executive positions at Irdeto Worldwide, which acquired the company he led, Cloakware, which was a pioneer in encryption and digital rights management. Before joining Cloakware, he was the General Manager and Vice President of Sales for Cramer Systems (now Amdocs), a UK-based company, where he was responsible for the company’s revenue and operations in the Americas. Prior to his work with Cramer, David held a variety of executive, sales management and business development positions with the Oracle Corporation, Versatility and SAIC.

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