Symantec adds data protection for Microsoft Azure and Office 365 to bring improved performance, lower costs for cloud applications



Symantec announced on Wednesday that it is working with Microsoft to bring applications that provide an added layer of protection to Microsoft Azure, making it easier for customers to adopt a hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Leveraging the strength of the Symantec Web Security Service, Azure customers are proactively protected against cyber threats and able to better control and protect corporate use of the cloud, prevent data leaks and help ensure compliance with corporate policies and governmental regulations.

This announcement follows Symantec’s announcement of Microsoft as a strategic cloud provider and its use of Azure for critical IT services and for delivery of its Norton consumer products to a global community of more than 50 million people and families.

Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network feeds the Web Security Service and other Symantec solutions. Network operations professionals can integrate updates to Office 365 applications for consistent policy enforcement through content inspection, access controls and logging. Additionally, advanced content peering and Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) connection acceleration reduces data hops, offering customers increased production and enhanced user experience.

The traditional network architecture has been drastically altered as enterprises move to Office 365 and the Azure public cloud infrastructure. Traditionally, traffic from remote sites and mobile users connects through corporate data centers to access applications and utilizes security infrastructure to access the web. This security architecture can add latency and increase costs as organizations move to Office 365 and Azure.

Users can leverage Symantec Web Security Service to move their entire network security stack to the cloud – enabling direct, secure connectivity to the web, Office 365 and Azure – for faster security and network architectures at a lower cost. Symantec Web and Cloud Security delivers proven proxy-based network security that protects against web- and network-based threats and enables inspection of content for data loss prevention (DLP) compliance.

“Symantec and Microsoft continue to share a commitment to online security,” said Sheila Jordan, Symantec senior vice president and CIO. “Through our efforts, we are bringing world class security solutions to Azure to help customers realize the speed, flexibility and capacity of cloud computing while staying protected against today’s evolving threats.”

“The collaboration between Microsoft and Symantec brings together advanced network security and intelligent cloud infrastructure,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group. “Symantec’s full suite of security and compliance controls complement our broad set of Azure security solutions to provide customers with an ideal, trusted cloud platform.”

Symantec’s solution for Azure moves beyond traditional network security by adding advanced threat protection technologies available in the industry. Symantec uses an Integrated Cyber Defense approach to integrate its security products at the endpoint, network and application levels to help protect critical information and guard against advanced threats.

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