CloudPassage Launches Halo NetSec

New service defends servers running in public clouds like EC2 and Rackspace

February 10, 2012

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SAN FRANCISCO – Jan. 31, 2012 – CloudPassage, the leading cloud server security company, today unveils Halo NetSec, an easy and automated solution that provides advanced network access control for servers running in public clouds. Halo NetSec provides administrators with easy-to-manage perimeter controls designed for dynamic cloud environments, addressing a top security concern related to cloud adoption. “Cloud computing has ushered in a new set of security risks and challenges that are not addressed at the IaaS level, and traditional firewall defenses do not adequately translate into the cloud,” said Andrew Hay, senior security analyst for 451 Research. “A host-based server security solution designed specifically for cloud environments picks up where the IaaS leaves off, providing organizations with the scalable security they need to consider when migrating traditional on-premise systems to the cloud.” A recent CloudPassage survey of IT managers revealed that the lack of perimeter defenses in the public cloud is a critical issue, with 45 percent indicating it’s their top concern. Halo NetSec addresses this concern head-on by combining centralized host–based firewall management that is purpose-built for dynamic cloud environments with two-factor authentication and a powerful API. The result is a solution providing network security functions expected in private data centers, enabling cloud developers and security engineers to embrace IaaS computing with confidence. “Given the fluctuating nature of on-demand computing, we’re finding cloud adopters are challenged to find effective ways to secure their servers,” said Rand Wacker, vice president of product management for CloudPassage. “With Halo NetSec, you don’t have to be a security expert to bulletproof your cloud infrastructure. We’ve packaged the most important network security features into an easy-to-manage solution, so securing cloud servers doesn’t have to be a full-time job.” The Halo NetSec package offers cloud-ready firewall protection for an unlimited number of servers. Users benefit from access to a powerful REST API for simple integration with other systems. Also unique with Halo NetSec is GhostPorts, a feature that secures remote network access through multi-factor authentication using one-time passwords generated by a USB device. CloudPassage Halo is an award-winning platform that was purpose-built to bridge the gap between traditional perimeter-oriented data center security and protection of dynamic cloud environments. It addresses cloud security needs through firewall automation, vulnerability management, security event alerting, server account management and intrusion detection. Delivered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Halo requires no hardware, complex deployment or special expertise.

Pricing and Availability Halo NetSec is now available on a server-hour basis at the rate of 3.5 cents per server per hour. Volume discounts are automatically applied and additional discounts are available with monthly minimum usage commitments.

About CloudPassage CloudPassage is the leading cloud server security provider, and creator of Halo™, the industry's first and only security and compliance platform, purpose-built for elastic cloud environments. Halo supports cloud server bursting, cloning, and migration and operates across public, private, and hybrid cloud environments. Industry-leading companies like Foursquare, StrongMail and ExoIS trust Halo to seamlessly manage their server security configuration, host-based firewalls, intrusion detection, and server account auditing from one system. Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., CloudPassage is backed by Benchmark Capital. Gartner, Inc. named CloudPassage one of four "Cool Vendors in Cloud Security Services, 2011." For more information, please visit:

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