Weekly Security Highlights: McAfee At Cloud Expo 2011

Last week’s Cloud Expo conference in Santa Clara, California kicked off with some exciting announcements from the Content & Cloud Security team here at McAfee. In his keynote during the show, McAfee Content & Cloud CTO Scott Chasin shed some light on McAfee’s cloud security strategy, noting that the key to McAfee’s next generation of cloud security will be leveraging the power of social relationships:

“The enterprise will be able to define who they communicate with, who’s in the supply chain, which ultimately is going to define a trust signaling layer in the cloud.”

Chasin believes that by using techniques like social network analysis, web security can move from a reactive model that blocks access to potential threats to one that seeks to identify a trusted network of reliable sites. He noted that system identity would also be hardware based, a key feature to be leveraged through our partnership with Intel. Chasin predicted that within the next seven years, vendors would essentially be offering Trust-as-a-Service solutions.

“It’s going to be brokered by a trust service provider,” he said of future cloud networks. “And it’s going to be embedded in the hardware.”

Chasin’s presentation at Cloud Expo came just a day after we released enhancements to the McAfee Cloud Security Platform, which now includes new identity management, data loss prevention, and email and web gateway features. As businesses continue to cite the potential for data loss as the number one reason for steering clear of cloud computing, the new additions address key concerns of organizations looking for a secure bridge to the cloud.

The McAfee team also had some fun this week giving away a fleet of giant beanbags at their booth on the expo floor. I unfortunately didn’t get to take one home, but if you are one of those lucky attendees, send us a picture and we’ll feature it on the @McAfeeBusiness Twitter feed.

Thanks for joining me for another week’s Security Highlights. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions for next week’s topic here in the blog and on Twitter at @IntelSec_Biz. For more information on McAfee’s Cloud Security Platform, be sure to visit our Cloud Security product page, or check out the full press release here.

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