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The running trend in the IT industry is that every new solution has the "cloud" label. Every organization is either consuming or providing "cloud" services. Even the mainstream press has latched on and is hyping "the cloud." Unfortunately, there are nearly as many definitions of the cloud as there are people or companies interpreting it.
Even industries that are connected to the cloud are in a fog about defining it. And if the cloud isn't defined, then how can downstream users that rely on secure solutions understand the offerings? As subjective as definitions may be, our goal with this brief is to provide a framework that demystifies cloud security and allows you, the business decision maker, to quickly and easily map capabilities and solutions, to the unique needs of your organization. As the market continues to evolve rapidly, taxonomy will continue to adjust accordingly, as keeping current with technology and trends is critical.
This paper defines "the cloud", offers an overview of how the market is structured, and finally presents a deep dive into one specific category with a state-of-the art solution, XO's Hosted Security.