12 May 2011 17:20:58
Moving some security and hosting functions into the cloud can be a good move for IT departments whose in-house systems are feeling the strain, a researcher recently told the ITWeb Security Summit.
The effort and expense of maintaining a proprietary network, Nathaniel Borenstein said, can lead to the kind of restrictions that cause younger workers in particular to work around security systems and make them less safe.
"Most companies don't have the resources to have experts in everything, but thankfully, this is an area where cloud computing lives up to the hype," he asserted.
Borenstein added that it's important to ensure the easy choice is also the most secure one for workers, stating that doing away with restrictions like VPN-only access to email and inbox size limits is frequently a good start.
While cloud security is more of a hot topic in the IT world than email protection, both are interrelated. Unifying security systems into a cohesive package and adapting it to a particular work environment is crucial to successful enterprise support.
-McAfee Cloud Security