Symantec launches new cloud offering

Symantec has launched its new Data Loss Prevention 14 (DLP 14) to protect cloud-based information from data loss or theft. According to the firm, it has strengthened its partnership with Cloud security company, Box, to extend its Cloud offering.

Symantec senior vice-president of product development, Amit Jasuja, said the offering is a content-aware security technology that helps companies understand where their sensitive corporate information is being stored, how it's being used and how to protect it against loss and theft.

"With the latest release, we are extending DLP to Cloud email and storage to provide our customers the control and visibility they need to secure their sensitive information as they take full advantage of the Cloud," he said.

"We've also announced a new, robust integration with Box, as it's one of the top requests we've seen from our DLP customers." The solution supports Microsoft Office 365 for companies who are using it for Cloud-based email. Users can apply the same information protection policies they use on-prem in the Cloud. As part of the solution, the company has also launched Symantec DLP for Box. It said it gives deep visibility into sensitive files that businesses collaborate on in Box.

Symantec DLP for Box integrates with the Box platform to monitor employee accounts, offering analysis into what information is considered sensitive, how the information is used and with whom it is being shared.

When sensitive files are detected, the system places visual tags on the content and allows users to self-remediate the files directly within Box. Box chief trust officer, Justin Somaini, said the firm worked closely with Symantec, a founding member of the Box Trust ecosystem, to develop the offering.

"We are happy to bring Symantec's reliable products to our customers," he said. The DLP 14's endpoint agent also enables the protection of sensitive information for users of personal Cloud File Sync & Share. The system can monitor and prevent users from syncing sensitive work files from their desktop to their personal accounts from Cloud services like Box, Microsoft OneDrive, iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox and email services such as Gmail.

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