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Cloud-Based Security (SaaS) Is The Next Generation of Defense [McAfee]

Client Computing | Posted on August 9, 2012 by Melissa Alvares

 It’s such a familiar story these days. Businesses facing budget tradeoffs find themselves looking for ways to defer costs, cut costs and squeeze value wherever they can. And when they do, they often risk creating greater headaches down the road.

While it may sound cliché, it’s also the reality we live in. And nowhere is that reality confronting decision makers and raising more red flags than on the security front. Whether you’re an IT manager or security specialist, you’re likely evaluating what security solutions to buy, how to implement them and how to manage them, all while the black cloud of malware, spyware, spam and other intrusions and vulnerabilities hangs over your head.

But it’s not just black clouds up there. There are thankfully big fluffy white ones too – in the form of Security-as-a-Service (SaaS). Regardless of whether you have extensive security expertise in-house,  or the size of your business, this proven managed service approach can help you maintain and increase protection, while keeping your costs under control.

While you can purchase specific SaaS offerings that perform anti-spam, anti-virus or vulnerability management, most cost-savings come with consolidation of an integrated, multi-function approach – in other words, one service with many protections.

A unified experience lets you realize the greatest cost savings through integration and automation. That’s good news considering a recent poll by MSI found over 30% of administrators juggled five or more management consoles (Note: link is a PDF). Integrated management means security is easier to implement, easier to manage and you can respond faster when something goes wrong.

For instance, McAfee’s integrated multi-function SaaS offerings – email and web security, email continuity, encryption and archiving services – protect your information security and help you take advantage of the time and money savings associated with the cloud (the white ones). There’s no hardware to buy, no software to install or manage, no backups to run and no maintenance to perform. McAfee’s cloud-based online security includes:

  • Email protection: Protects your organization against spam, viruses, worms, email attack and fraud, while enabling ongoing communications during server outages.
  • Email archiving: Provides safe, effective and reliable archiving and retrieval, and integrates seamlessly with a comprehensive, easy-to-use web-based console.
  • Email encryption: Safeguards your confidential data and enables you to maintain compliance with regulations requiring encryption of sensitive data.
  • Web protection: Works outside the network perimeter to ward off spyware and viruses, while giving you greater control over all your Internet use.

If you’re looking to trim your IT budget but maintain appropriate security, an integrated SaaS managed service approach is a smart choice. It integrates all security functions and cuts the cost of sustaining protection through streamlined, flexible management. In other words, big fluffy white clouds to protect you from the ominous black ones.

To learn more Security-as-a-Service, download this McAfee white paper called “Tough Times. Tough Choices” or check out McAfee’s SaaS Cloud-Based Online Security Through SaaS Solutions Data Sheet.

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