Mountain View, Calif.-based Symantec and Noida, India-based enterprise software developer HCL Technologies are deepening their partnership. The goal is to provide a cyber-resilient service that protects enterprises from targeted attacks and persistent threats in the cloud.

The announcement comes amid recent reports that enterprises are not entirely confident in the native security provided for platforms like Office 365 or Google Apps.

Expanding Threat Landscape

The extended partnership will offer targeted cloud security and forensic solutions across a number of verticals.

In a statement about the partnership, Kalyan Kumar, SVP and Chief Technologist at HCL Technologies, said the move is a response to the changing information management threat landscape.

“As 21st Century enterprises adopt digitization in today’s hyper-competitive world, a need for new solutions has emerged in order to secure businesses in the digital world. We are seeing movement of critical workloads to cloud and clients expect enterprise grade security aligned with it,” he said.

Linda Park, senior product marketing manager of data loss prevention at Symantec, said native cloud security offerings may not go far enough and are “relatively basic compared with the on-premises security that  security companies are offering."

According to the 2016 CyberEdge Cyberthreat Defense Report:

  • 76 percent of enterprises were affected by a successful cyberattack in 2015
  • 62 percent expect a cyberattack this year despite security investments
  • 30 respondents are confident their organization has made adequate investments

Park said the security that cloud service providers are offering is not meeting the expectations of enterprise buyers "who have pretty strict internal and external requirements and they don’t feel they will get it with a cloud service provider, or at least solely with a cloud service provider."

Learning Opportunities

Security Problems

Park also outlined two of the biggest problems for security.

“The well-meaning or the negligent employee is still driving a lot of data loss. There is an increasing focus on malicious or motivate insiders people who have privileged information form an engineer to an executive who have access to vast amounts of trade secrets of IP and will take a lot of different steps,” she said.

The other issue is one that arises regularly in the information management space.

“Many companies don’t have a robust information or data management strategy. This is a real problem with the proliferation of data, especially as no one is really managing the lifecycle of that data — not unjust back-up and recovery, but making sure that once the information becomes stale that it is properly removed from repositories. A lot of companies don’t have processes in place to deal with that,” she said.