CloudPassage®, the leading cloud infrastructure security provider, today announced the availability of Halo Enterprise, a security-as-a-service solution built specifically for large-scale, heterogeneous cloud infrastructure environments.
Halo Enterprise extends CloudPassage’s patented Halo cloud security platform to large enterprises with complex security and compliance requirements. Halo currently protects more than 400 production cloud deployments and automates security for more than 10,000 new cloud instances monthly.
According to an August 2013 Forrester Research report “Security’s Cloud Revolution Is Upon Us” by Ed Ferrara and Andras Cser, “2013 will turn out to be remembered as the year cloud disrupted the information security market. It’s clear that cloud architectures (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS) have already had significant disruptive effects on security technology and services… This means that security and risk pros need to develop hybrid security architectures to protect not only their on-premises infrastructure but cloud-based workloads as well.”
“Large organizations have heterogeneous infrastructure environments, usually a dizzying mix of hardware, virtualized systems, and multiple cloud service providers. It’s also the norm in large enterprises to have thousands of systems across a complex maze of business units and subsidiaries,” said Carson Sweet, CEO and co-founder, CloudPassage. “Legacy security tools and models were built for another time and are inflexible to the point of breaking cloud models. Halo was built to be flexible, lightweight and incredibly easy to deploy and scale, regardless of the environment. No other security technology provides the same level of visibility and protection at a large scale, in real-time, and can keep up with complex infrastructure models.”
Unlike legacy security tools that were built for static environments and fixed perimeters that don’t exist with cloud computing, Halo is the only massively scalable, portable security solution that can provide immediate visibility and control over any cloud infrastructure environment, including private cloud, virtualized data centers, public cloud, virtual private or managed clouds, and even bare-metal servers.
Within minutes of deployment, Halo’s lightweight agents establish real-time streams of security data between every cloud instance and the Halo Grid, a cloud-based security analytics engine that continuously evaluates thousands of cloud security and compliance data points per instance. By moving security analytics overhead from protected cloud instances to the elastic cloud-powered Halo Grid, Halo automates defense-in-depth with almost zero impact on protected cloud infrastructure.
With Halo Enterprise, CloudPassage delivers the following capabilities designed for heterogeneous, large-scale enterprise cloud environments:
- Real-time, centrally managed automation of comprehensive security capabilities including configuration security monitoring, vulnerability assessment, integrity monitoring, firewall automation, access control and account management
- Enhanced deployment, management and integration support for private cloud, software-defined and traditional data center infrastructure including VMware, Microsoft, and OpenStack among other providers
- Seamless integration with advanced enterprise security and operations tools such as single sign-on gateways, security information and event management (SIEM) systems, and systems management and orchestration platforms
- Hierarchical policy and control management allowing security organizations to centrally administer security and compliance for large numbers of applications distributed across complex, multi-cloud infrastructure environments
“Cloud computing is a cornerstone of Adobe’s business strategy. We expect software-as-a-service to be a primary software delivery model across our product portfolio, making it critical to have a security solution that is purpose-built for and works across this highly agile and complex environment. Halo allows security teams to quickly attain visibility and control across cloud infrastructure environments.”Dave Lenoe, Director of Secure Software Engineering, Adobe
“As organizations increasingly adopt cloud technologies, maintaining security efficacy and operational efficiency across heterogeneous cloud and data center environments is difficult if not impossible with traditional security tools. CloudPassage Halo, with its built-for-cloud design, can provide security and compliance across this complex heterogeneous enterprise infrastructure, and help companies pursue the benefits of cloud.” Jon Oltsik, Enterprise Strategy Group
“Within cloud and software-defined datacenter environments, it’s easy to forget that you’re creating, managing and cloning real systems, each with real vulnerabilities. Halo’s extensive automation addresses that problem.” Wendy Nather, 451 Research