Masergy’s Global DataGuard Announces Plans to Deliver Unified Security for Cloud Computing Environments

Masergy’s Global DataGuard Announces Plans to Deliver Unified Security for Cloud Computing Environments

Modular, Systemic Enterprise UTM Architecture Extends to Cloud and Hybrid Networks

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Dallas, Texas, November 16, 2009 – Global DataGuard®, the premier provider of network behavior analysis-based (NBA) Enterprise Unified Threat Management for small and medium businesses to large enterprise environments, today announced plans to develop a Unified Cloud Security solution by extending its award-winning, systemic security architecture to support cloud or hybrid networks, in addition to premise-based environments.

With commercial availability scheduled for Q1 2010, Global DataGuard’s Enterprise UTM® for Cloud Computing offering will fully integrate patented network behavior analysis and correlation technology with PCI-enabled intrusion detection and prevention; vulnerability scanning and management; log management, analysis and monitoring; network access and policy monitoring, and comprehensive threat management capabilities, including prioritized network, global and vendor threats and vulnerabilities. This unified security anywhere™approach will enable customers to fortify their existing premise-based, cloud or hybrid network infrastructure and future-proof current IT investments with a holistic architecture and applications portfolio that provide virtually unlimited scalability, full regulatory compliance and up to a 60% reduction in network security costs.

Analysts point to a variety of security issues that customers should review before selecting a cloud computing vendor, including privileged user access, regulatory compliance, data location and segregation, recovery, investigative support, and long-term viability. With highly publicized data breaches at Cloud mainstays such as Google and Yahoo, Gartner stresses that customers are responsible for the integrity of their own data, and that cloud computing providers who refuse to undergo the same level of external audits and security certifications required of traditional service providers are “signaling that customers can only use them for the most trivial functions.”

“The industry has begun to realize that security requirements for cloud computing should parallel security for premise-based environments. Adequate security is, ultimately, the network owner’s responsibility, regardless of where the applications and data reside,” stated Scott Paly, chief executive officer for Global DataGuard. “By extending our network behavior analysis-based Enterprise UTM architecture into the cloud, our goal is to make enterprise-level security ubiquitous for SMB and SME customers at a fraction of the price – whether they have premise-based, cloud or hybrid network environments.”

A Holistic Approach to ‘Future-Proof’ Cloud Security
An approved PCI Scanning Vendor, Global DataGuard’s simple-to-install, network behavior analysis-based security platform enables industrial-strength security applications to share and correlate massive amounts of data over long periods of time, so customers have visibility into reconnaissance activity and are able to take preventive steps to defend against attacks from today’s cybercriminals.  By extending this adaptive, predictive technology to cloud and/or hybrid environments, organizations can achieve:

  • Virtually unlimited scalability;
  • Full regulatory compliance with industry and government standards;
  • 100% passive technology, ensuring zero network latency;
  • Unified administration, monitoring and reporting that offers comprehensive compliance reporting, weekly and summary reports, and an integrated network security ticketing system;
  • Customizable, 24/7 Managed Security Services from certified security analysts that can be purchased with or without a contract and provide real-time visibility, control and oversight of an organization’s entire security environment – whether it’s for premise-based, cloud or hybrid networks;
  • Up to 60% savings in security-related capital expenditures, training and staffing; and
  • Unparalleled unified security anytime, any place, anywhere.

Global DataGuard’s Enterprise UTM++™ application suite for cloud and hybrid environments will be generally available in Q1 2010, and custom configurations will be designed and priced based on an organization’s unique network requirements.