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“Indian Organisations Are More Adopting Public Cloud Now”

By: DT News Network
August, 21, 2017

Data security is one of the most key elements for organizations today and they regularly try to find out the best suitable way to improve their security structure. Cloud technology is one way to eliminate such risks but it has not been able to generate much adoption due to lack of awareness.To have better data security, Barracuda Network offers several services to organizations to stay secure against ransomware attack or security breaches. Mr. Anshuman Singh, Senior Director Product Management, Application Security, Barracuda Networks tells more about Indian market and organization’s viewpoint in order to adopt cloud technology.

DT: How do you see the adoption of public cloud in Indian organisations?

Mr. Anshuman Singh: Organizations in India are going through a transitional phase and Indian businesses today are embracing cloud. Most organizations are trying to determine how their traditional on-premises infrastructure will work when they start leveraging cloud resources. In fact, Indians are more accepting towards cloud than they were 5 years back. In a Barracuda commissioned research, we found out that 85% of Indian respondents reported that they trust public cloud more than they did five years ago. 77% of those surveyed in India also felt confident that their organization’s move to the public cloud was secure.

DT: What are the key challenges for companies to adopt cloud technology?

Mr. Anshuman Singh: Despite growing cloud adoption rates in India, companies are still reluctant to completely move their workloads and applications to the cloud. This is due to data security, and security remains one of the biggest concerns, both when moving applications to the cloud as well as when selecting the right cloud provider. In fact, 78% of Indian respondents said that security concerns restrict their organization’s migration to public cloud and over half (53%) of Indian respondents’ organizations have been targeted by a cyber-attack. In this context, one major aspect that organizations tend to forget is that they also have partial responsibility for their own security. Some aspects of the security are provided by the cloud vendors such as the data center security but the rest must be taken care of on-premises.

DT: What is your perception about the need of public cloud to eliminate security breaches?

Mr. Anshuman Singh: The root cause of many public cloud concerns is a lack of clarity over the shared responsibility model. Many IT buyers assume that because they’re effectively outsourcing the running of their infrastructure to a trusted third party, the provider will take care of everything. This simply isn’t the case. Amazon Web Services is very clear, stating that it will address security “of” the cloud – compute, storage, database, networking, and global infrastructure including edge location and availability zones. But the customer is 100% responsible for security “in” the cloud – data, apps, identity management, OS, network and firewall configuration, network traffic, server-side encryption, and client-side data.

DT: Brief us about your portfolio which helps organisation to stay secure.

Mr. Anshuman Singh: We recently expanded the Email Security Suite, and launched Barracuda Sentinel, a new AI solution that prevents spear phishing and cyber fraud in real time. Spear Phishing attacks have been a global menace and resulted in loss of billions of dollars globally. Barracuda Sentinel that combines powerful artificial intelligence technology, domain fraud protection using DMARC authentication, and fraud simulation training into a comprehensive solution that guards against spear phishing, impersonation attempts, business email compromise (BEC), and cyber fraud. Barracuda Sentinel is delivered as a cloud service, without any hardware or software to install or maintain. Barracuda Sentinel works alongside existing email security solutions, including native Microsoft Office 365, Barracuda Essentials, or others—and is available today for Microsoft Office 365 users worldwide. For additional information, visit https://www.barracudasentinel.com.

We also recently expanded Cloud Ready program to offer organizations a free cloud license for Barracuda Web Application Firewall and Barracuda NextGen Firewall on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure for 90 days. Barracuda's cloud-enabled security suite allows customers to deploy their applications and workloads securely with the same powerful capabilities and intuitive user interfaces whether deployed on-premises or in the cloud. Barracuda offers a variety of flexible pricing options, including bring-your-own-license, pay-as-you-go, and metered billing. For Microsoft Azure we also announced integration with Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS).We introduced two new MSP professional services offerings to complement the MSP editions of the Barracuda NextGen Firewall and the Barracuda Backup Appliance. These new services offer 24/7/365 monitoring and management, enabling MSPs to offer security and data protection to customers, while freeing up and supplementing their MSP team.

DT: What is the growth expectation of public cloud from the Indian market?

Mr. Anshuman Singh: The public cloud services market in India is projected to grow 38 percent in 2017 to total $1.81 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. In fact, most cloud vendors see India as a key market. Till early last year, most key cloud vendors did not have data centers in India. However, today for both Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, the story has changed. Even though Google Cloud Platform does not have a data center in India, they still provide very competitive prices for their products in accordance to the India market.

When it comes to moving to the public cloud, start-ups are most keen to adopt due to its efficiency and low costs. Enterprises are also in fact adopting cloud, but are they moving all their applications/data on the cloud? The answer is no.However, as the infrastructure to reach the cloud improves and the awareness about roles of cloud providers and cloud users grow, we are optimistic that India is getting truly ready for cloud. 

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