Osterman Research Publishes White Paper Focused on the Need to Deploy Cloud-Based Security

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Osterman Research has just published "Why You Need to Consider Cloud-Based Security in 2012", a white paper that discusses the role of cloud security in protecting organizations from malware, spam and other threats. The white paper was sponsored by AppRiver, Proofpoint and SpamTitan.

Protecting endpoints from various threats is perhaps the single most critical function for any IT department. Given the still voluminous quantity of spam that hits corporate email servers, the growing threat from malware and advanced persistent threats, and the increasing number of physical platforms and Web-based applications that have access to corporate data resources, protecting critical these resources and platforms should be at the top of virtually every IT decision-maker’s “must-do” list.

However, the sheer volume of these threats and their sophistication in using social engineering and other methods to penetrate corporate defenses, coupled with an increasingly dispersed workforce, mean that on-premise security solutions alone will not provide adequate protection in most cases. Consequently, many organizations have opted for cloud-based security solutions, either as complete replacements for their existing on-premise solutions or – more commonly – as supplements to it.

“Cloud security solutions, while useful on their own, can provide an effective supplement to on-premise security systems”, said Michael Osterman, principal of Osterman Research. “By filtering out most of the spam and malware from incoming email or Web traffic, the on-premise infrastructure can do the ‘heavy lifting’ of deep content inspection on the remaining content that reaches the corporate network”.

This white paper discusses key security issues focused on email, Web and other communication and collaboration systems. It also provides information on the sponsors of this white paper and their relevant offerings.

Why You Need to Consider Cloud-Based Security in 2012 is available for download at http://www.ostermanresearch.com/whitepapers/download156.htm.

For more information, please contact Michael Osterman at the venues noted above.

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