Cloud-based SSO is a benefit to employees because they don't have to remember a lot of passwords, says Hegedus, and it's a plus for the IT department in password management and provisioning. Going with a cloud-based SSO approach was preferable to trying to build and manage an on-premises SSO especially because the company was adopting cloud applications, he noted.
Cloud-based encryption services are expected to be a "new area of growth," according to the Gartner report. But Gartner sees some issues there, saying, "however, service providers' relative lack of interest in cloud-based encryption means it has remained a complex activity, requiring organizations to initiate complex, build-your-own deployments. The strongest interest is in encryption products from cloud security brokers, thanks to their relative ease of deployment and their options for on-premises encryption management."
In terms of cloud-based encryption as a service, Gartner says some vendors to watch in this area include Concealium, CipherCloud, CloudCrypt, Liason, PerspecSys, Porticor, RSA, SafeNet, Salesforce.com, Sophos, Symantec, Thales, Trend Micro, Voltage Security and Vormetric.
Ellen Messmer is senior editor at Network World, an IDG publication and Website, where she covers news and technology trends related to information security. Twitter: MessmerE. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.