SoftLayer provides cloud security with Cloud Security Monitoring Service, a free download for its customers
StillSecure, a managed network security solutions and certified compliance company, announced the availability of a cloud security offering called Cloud Security Monitoring Service. Targeting cloud infrastructure users and providers, Cloud SMS is available free of charge to StillSecure customers through SoftLayer’s Technology Partners Marketplace portal.
The first in a series of products to be delivered by StillSecure, Cloud SMS provides infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) customers with a host-based firewall management solution. It is also available to cloud and hosting provider partners to offer to their customers via their internal customer portals.
Secured In The Cloud
SoftLayer customers can download Cloud SMS through the SoftLayer Technology Partner Marketplace portal and then install it on their CloudLayer computing platform through SoftLayer’s customer portal. Additional premium Cloud SMS services will be offered based on volume, and features and will be available throughout 2012, the company noted in a release.
“As the cloud market moves toward the enterprise and SMB space, security remains a top concern for customers considering a move to the cloud,” said Doug Toombs, research manager at Tier1 Research. “As customers become accustomed to provisioning cloud computing resources in minutes via easy-to-use graphical interfaces, security solutions need to keep up and present an equally approachable interface to a broad spectrum of users.”
Duke Skarda, chief technology officer for SoftLayer, said with Cloud SMS, end users no longer need to learn the IPTables command line interface to secure their cloud instances, and the agent can be embedded by cloud providers and customers for easy replication. The Web-based interface is API-driven and can be embedded inside a cloud provider’s portal.
“Security is absolutely critical to our customers, whether they are utilising our dedicated server solutions or our cloud infrastructure,” Skarda. “The StillSecure Cloud SMS solution brings tremendous value to our customers looking to quickly and easily secure their environments. This offering will help play a critical role in our customers’ over-arching dedicated and cloud security strategy.”
In July, StillSecure launched the Managed Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Service for organisations seeking a higher level of security and those struggling with regulatory compliance standards, such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). The service can reduce the incidences of network security breaches by requiring multiple factors to properly identify a user and to ensure they are who they say they are. Users can also add, delete and modify identities through an online self-service console, as well as assign and remove RSA SecurID Token fobs through the company’s Security Operations Centres.