Time to Embrace a Security Management Plane in the Cloud

There’s an old saying that change is the enemy of security. To avoid disruptive changes, many cybersecurity professionals strive for tight control of their environment and this control extends to the management of security technologies. Experienced cybersecurity professionals often opt to install management servers and software on their networks so that management and staff “owns” their technologies and can control everything they can.

Now this type of control has long been thought of as a security best practice so many CISOs continue to eschew an alternative model: a cloud-based security management control plane. 

Topics: Cybersecurity SaaS SIEM CISO Security Management software-as-a-service (SaaS) SOAPA

Cloud-Powered Data Protection — Definitions and Clarifications

We continue to see a great amount of interest in combining “data protection” and “the cloud” – but also a great deal of confusion, in that there isn’t such thing as “the cloud.”

Topics: Data Protection Information and Risk Management SaaS IaaS disaster recovery BaaS cloud-backup cloud storage DRaaS software-as-a-service (SaaS) Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

Your SaaS Application needs to be Backed Up!

As I mentioned in my Data Protection Predictions for 2015 video, SaaS backup should be on the top of anyone's mind who is running for the clouds: namely Office 365, SalesForce, or GoogleApps. According to ESG’s 2015 IT Spending Intentions Survey's five-year outlook for SaaS, over half of IT organizations will move from on-premises Exchange servers and File/Collab platforms to cloud-based SaaS services, with many already on their way:

Topics: SaaS software-as-a-service (SaaS) Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

SaaS Backup ... Hunger Games style

There is a great scene in the first Hunger Games movie where the 24 combatants are just about to start fighting. In front of them is a small stash of weapons. Some of the combatants charge toward the weapons, knowing that if they get one, they will gain a huge advantage—but if they don’t, they will be prime targets for being immediately “defeated.” Other combatants choose to ignore the premade weapons and run for the forest, presuming that they will be able to forage and somehow make a weapon themselves.

That is what the SaaS backup market looks like.

As workloads like e-mail and file services continue to be migrated from on-premises servers to SaaS solutions like Office365 and GoogleApps, most legacy backup solutions can’t follow. And so, all of the legacy backup vendors are like those combatants—and many have been looking at the only two “weapons” for protecting SaaS:

One sword and one bow … named Backupify and Spanning.

Topics: cloud-backup software-as-a-service (SaaS)

Guidance Software Buys CaseCentral

Guidance Software announced its acquisition of SaaS review provider CaseCentral today. Let's look to the happy couple's future. Now that they've found love, what are they gonna do with it? Existing synergies The companies' recent roadmaps seem to have been on similar courses.

Topics: Enterprise Software Guidance Software software-as-a-service (SaaS) e-Discovery