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Gartner: Cloud-based security as a service set to take off

Ellen Messmer | Nov. 1, 2013
Identity and access management as a service on a roll, but encryption as a service struggling

Cloud-based SSO is a benefit to employees because they don't have to remember a lot of passwords, says Hegedus, and it's a plus for the IT department in password management and provisioning. Going with a cloud-based SSO approach was preferable to trying to build and manage an on-premises SSO especially because the company was adopting cloud applications, he noted.

Cloud-based encryption services are expected to be a "new area of growth," according to the Gartner report. But Gartner sees some issues there, saying, "however, service providers' relative lack of interest in cloud-based encryption means it has remained a complex activity, requiring organizations to initiate complex, build-your-own deployments. The strongest interest is in encryption products from cloud security brokers, thanks to their relative ease of deployment and their options for on-premises encryption management."

In terms of cloud-based encryption as a service, Gartner says some vendors to watch in this area include Concealium, CipherCloud, CloudCrypt, Liason, PerspecSys, Porticor, RSA, SafeNet,, Sophos, Symantec, Thales, Trend Micro, Voltage Security and Vormetric.



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