An Interview with Simon Moran, Vice President of Cloud Security, Symantec
Sponsored Content, July/August 2018
The news today is loaded with stories about public cloud data breaches. For organizations new to the cloud, such stories can be especially daunting. These companies have likely spent decades building and fine-tuning their on-premises security policies and practices. Migrating to the cloud can feel a lot like moving their data and applications to the Wild West. With the right cloud security, it doesn’t have to.
Symantec knows how to protect Oracle Cloud. As the largest pureplay security vendor in the world, Symantec delivers security solutions to approximately 85 percent of the Global Fortune 500. In partnership with Oracle, Symantec is delivering key components of its Integrated Cyber Defense Platform, optimized for Oracle Cloud, so customers rest easier as they shift from on premises to the cloud.
Q. Why does public cloud security require special expertise?
A. Public cloud security is different from on-premises security because public cloud instances are componentized, preconfigured, and template based. They’re also dynamic, mobile, orchestrated, and automated. The public cloud model isn’t set up to support extensive configuration efforts and long tuning cycles, two hallmarks of traditional on-premises security. And public cloud architecture isn’t structured for retrofitted on-premises security systems. The cloud needs cloud security.
Q. What should organizations be aware of regarding cloud security?
A. Most public cloud security risks originate from components managed by the enterprise. Knowing where the lines of responsibility lie is critical. Cloud service providers are responsible for the security of the cloud. With Infrastructure as a Service deployments, organizations are responsible for the security of their data, platform, identity and access management, operating systems, antivirus and antimalware solutions, hardening of the systems, and so on. In other words, Oracle is responsible for securing the cloud itself, while customers are responsible for securing their data and workloads in the cloud. That’s where Symantec can help. Symantec protects applications and instances—the subscriber-controlled components in Oracle Cloud.
Q. How does Symantec help customers unleash the power of the Oracle Cloud platform?
A. Symantec helps protect an enterprise’s Oracle Cloud Infrastructure platform so that they can securely migrate legacy on-premises applications to the Oracle cloud, deploy new cloud-native applications and services, and leverage elastic capacity to meet spikes in demand. Our deep understanding of what makes the public cloud unique is key to our ability to fully protect the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure platform. Moving to the cloud is a journey— not a one-time event—so companies need a well-formulated hybrid security approach. When organizations use Symantec products in their move to the cloud, companies feel secure, knowing that we give them the same level of security that they enjoy today on premises, which is a critical consideration because the public internet has a much larger attack vector.
Oracle is responsible for securing the cloud itself, while customers are responsible for securing their data and workloads in the cloud. That’s where Symantec can help.”–Simon Moran, Vice President of Cloud Security, Symantec
Q. How can customers add Symantec’s leading security products to their Oracle Cloud deployments?
A. Symantec offers organizations everything they need to secure their Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. And they can consume our products in whichever method works best for them, whether that’s as a Bring Your Own License model or an as-a-service model. Our cloud security solutions also deliver capabilities such as infrastructure hardening and protection, protection and management of confidential data, business-aware security and risk visibility, industry-leading malware and threat detection, and endpoint protection.
Q. How are Symantec and Oracle working together to develop new approaches to cloud security?
A. We are working closely together to construct an architecture that helps customers ensure that their cloud infrastructure will always be secure. Bringing together the endpoints and the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure platform will transform cloud security for business applications. The advanced security services and monitoring capabilities of this next-generation environment will ensure complete protection from the user’s workstation to the cloud application.
For more information, visit www.symantec.com/theme/oracle-cloud-security-solutions
Sponsored Content as Seen in Oracle Magazine July/August 2018