Mixing man and machine: automating security functions in the cloud

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As more organizations choose cloud solutions to meet their information technology needs, they are also looking to cloud-based security to keep information secure.

Organizations are seeking security that is flexible, providing on-demand scalability up and down; visible, providing a simple way to make all of the different cloud components mesh well and work together; and ease of use, providing plug-and-play capabilities, as well as automating non-essential tasks, according to Ajay Gupta, director of product marketing and management at Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

“From a security perspective, no single vendor can offer best-of-the-breed security to their customers,” said Gupta, who joined spoke to Jeff Frick (@JeffFrick), co-host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile live streaming studio, during the RSA Conference in San Francisco. Frick and Gupta discussed how Huawei Technologies is working to keep data secure in the cloud.

Working to combat security threats

Gupta explained that for cloud security, different partners must bring their different strengths together to provide the pieces of the security puzzle. Huawei announced its new security gateway, USG9000V, at the RSA Conference. It is the industry’s first terabit-level cloud integrated security gateway, combating security threats in the cloud, he explained.

Demonstrating the power of partnerships in cloud security, Huawei recently teamed with Aviria, a security and performance applications provider, to bring in its AV engine as part of the USG9000V, providing additional performance and accuracy.

“Hackers are getting smarter and smarter, so how do you stay ahead of the hackers who are one step ahead of you?” asked Gupta.

He noted that phishing attacks are back, ransomware attacks have been increasing, and there’s almost always one person in a company that will click on any email link, no matter how suspicious. Everybody should know by now that a Nigerian king is not going to send a million dollars, but apparently, some people still do, Gupta said.

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s on-the-ground coverage of the RSA Conference 2017.

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