Consolidate corporate data in cloud email to enforce security: Mimecast

A year after its Australian debut, growing takeup of cloud solutions has security vendor Mimecast anticipating even bigger things as it targets new security offerings at the emerging market for Microsoft Office 365 and consolidates the benefits of its global partnership with Australian data-management vendor Nuix.

The establishment of Mimecast's Australian office last June reflected an increased investment by a company that had already secured a strong customer base through its partner networks. But by setting up a local presence, the company is now deepening its engagement with customers that country manager Nick Lennon believes are eager for data-security solutions to support their move into the cloud.

“The sheer volume of data that companies are managing on premises creates new challenges,” Lennon told CSO Australia.

“That will ultimately be moved into the cloud-based architecture for organisations to adopt Office 365, and we're partnering with specialists who can help customer extract data from these on-premises architectures and data silos.”

Email holds primacy in the Mimecast paradigm, with email systems typically used as data repositories by organisations where they are “probably the biggest data volume that most organisations manage”.

By putting email “very much at the core” of its vision, Mimecast believes it can hasten the cloud transition by first focusing customers' efforts on migrating email databases – where some 50 per cent to 80 per cent of corporate information lives – to a cloud environment.

Once that information has made the jump – hastened by Nuix's Intelligent Migration services and stored within the Mimecast Archive thanks to the new Legacy Archive Data Management for Office 365 tool – companies can then build in data management policies that enforce data security and privacy controls.

These policies are enforced through “multiple layers of security” built around tools such as the Large File Send for Office 365 platform, which allows data to be delivered through a portal and wrapped in a tracking layer that monitors and logs all accesses to the data.

Protecting cloud-hosted data with “all the controls that are important to the IT department” is fundamental to the requirement to ensure the security of corporate data – a particular trigger point for Australian companies given the strict new privacy legislation that came into effect in March.

By mapping them into a security framework designed specifically for Office 365, Lennon believes Mimecast will be well positioned to extend corporate data security controls into the cloud. Its Broad Spectrum Email Security for Office 365, for example, combines anti spear-phishing and other technologies while Journal Archiving for Office 365 creates a perpetual archive of Office 365 email.

Mimecast's Federated Enterprise Services for Office 365 tie the various elements together, providing hierarchical policy inheritance, unified administration logon and discovery, and archive isolation of view requirements.

“IT leaders are looking at this infrastructure they have accumulated to address specific point problems, and are now realising that this architecture is creating complexity,” Lennon said.

“We've seen an early adopter mentality in the Australian market, and the cloud presents an opportunity for organisations to address the individual challenges they've had around messaging and security. These leaders have seen the cloud as a mechanism to deliver efficiency and effectiveness in delivering these services.”

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