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Oracle Introduces Cloud Guard, Maximum Security Zones Amid TikTok Partnership Proposal

Oracle has announced Cloud Guard and Maximum Security Zones solutions for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). The solutions are designed to help organizations guard against security vulnerabilities and improve their security posture, the database and applications giant asserts.

The new Oracle Cloud security capabilities emerge just as Oracle bids to manage TikTok's U.S.-based cloud workloads. The proposed TikTok effort positions Oracle as a "trusted partner" -- to potentially mitigate U.S. federal government concerns about TikTok's China-based ownership.

Cloud Guard is a log and events aggregator that integrates with OCI services, Oracle said. It provides continuous monitoring of security configurations and activities and helps organizations identify threats and automatically remediate them across Oracle Cloud global regions.

Maximum Security Zones lets organizations establish and enforce security policies for cloud compartments in OCI, Oracle indicated. It offers security policies for object storage, networking, encryption and other OCI services and allows organizations to leverage security best practices to protect cloud compartments.

Sophos, AWS Introduce Cloud Security Offerings

Meanwhile, public cloud service providers and their partners are taking multiple steps to lock down on-demand workloads and infrastructure for end-customers.

In addition to Oracle, Sophos and Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently announced cloud security offerings.

Sophos in July 2020 unveiled cloud security monitoring capabilities for its Intercept X for Server Advanced with EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response). These capabilities help Sophos partners and customers secure their AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) workloads.

Also, AWS in April 2020 launched Amazon Detective to help organizations investigate security incidents across their AWS workloads. Amazon Detective retrieves log data, uses machine learning, statistical analysis and graph theory to build interactive visualizations and helps organizations analyze, investigate and identify potential security issues or suspicious activities.

Organizations are increasingly moving their workloads to the cloud but struggle to secure them, recent research from Oracle and KPMG indicated. By providing cloud security offerings, MSSPs can help organizations securely manage their workloads in cloud environments.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.