Symantec partners with VMware, Salesforce.com on new security controls

Symantec teams with VMware and Salesforce.com on new security solutions and integrated features for cloud and virtualization platforms.

As the 2012 RSA Conference continues in San Francisco this week, Symantec has two major announcements on Tuesday pertaining to virtualization and the cloud.

The first major piece of news is a partnership with VMware, which involves five new security integrations with the VMware's cloud infrastructure suite, designed to deliver more protection for virtual and cloud environments along with operational cost savings.

The goals of this integration include enabling customers of both VMware and Symantec with the ability to completely protect virtual infrastructures and business-critical applications with the following amenities:

  • Data loss prevention
  • IT risk and compliance
  • Data center protection
  • Security information and event management
  • Endpoint protection solutions
  • Enhanced business agility for the cloud

Symantec's endpoint security offerings for VMware vShield Endpoint are expected to roll out later this year. Symantec will also be introducing at least five other integrated features with VMware solutions, including data loss prevention, a control compliance suite, and a security and threat intelligence manager.

On a separate note, Symantec also announced the general availability of Symantec O3 Cloud Identity and Access Control.

Symantec O3 is a cloud information protection platform with three layers of security: access control, information security and information management. Thus, the new identity product for O3 offers customers a single sign-on point for accessing any web/cloud applications and services.

Here, Symantec is getting involved with Salesforce.com to deliver O3 as a service offering built on the Force.com platform.

Set to launch in mid-2012, Symantec O3 for Salesforce is touted to enable users to leverage Symantec’s authentication technology with a Salesforce ID, instantly enabling two-factor authentication for any Salesforce or SaaS application.

In another win-win, both companies will be able to jointly market and sell the new security as a service offering.

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