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Security pros name their must-have tools

Ann Bednarz | April 17, 2015
Trusted IT security gear fights bots, protects data, and monitors systems for suspicious behaviors.

On the cloud front, Bob Vail, director of information security at Pivotal Software, wrote about a service from Adallom that provides visibility into and protection of SaaS applications.

A heavy user of cloud applications, Pivotal Software depends on its SaaS providers to provide the first line of security defense, and it relies on monitoring to validate the SaaS providers' ability to protect Pivotal's hosted assets. Adallom provides a toolset that gives visibility into the services provided so Pivotal can monitor and take actions to remediate any security threats, Vail says.

Pivotal's security team "is relieved of the task of constructing, maintaining and administering our own SEIM systems for the importing, analyzing, alerting and in some important cases reactively remediating threats at our SaaS providers," Vail says. "Instead, Adallom provides a web-based dashboard that provides our security operations team constant visibility into our SaaS activities. With the easy-to-configure alerts and policies, we can automatically remediate known threats, notify our users of security violations, provide detailed reports and assist our system administrators to improve processes that keep our online assets secure."

Bill Dickerson, network security administrator at Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, raved about the configurability and reliability of NCP's enterprise VPN solution -- and its performance.

"When we began using NCP's VPN client on our Windows desktops, it connected in a fraction of the time when compared to the solution we used previously," Dickerson says. "Additionally, we've had zero failures throughout the years we've been using the VPN client. It's nice not having to deal with connection issues due to product failures or instability ... It is a secure solution that just plain works."


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