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In a move to expand its cloud presence, network security provider FireMon dealt for cloud security firm FortyCloud Tuesday.

The move advances FireMon’s cloud management capabilities across all major cloud platforms providing a comprehensive view and consistent control of the hybrid environments enterprises must manage.

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“Through 2020, 95 percent of cloud security issues will be the organization’s fault, not the cloud provider’s,” according to Gartner’s 2017 Planning Guide for Cloud Computing.

Managing the complexity of today’s networked environments is not always straightforward as they consist of a variety of disparate technologies and security controls in the cloud and on premise.

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“Inadequate security practices can quickly turn an otherwise well-intentioned cloud initiative into a massive disaster for an organization,” the Gartner report said.

The company’s acquisition of FortyCloud should address this market need by providing solutions to help effectively secure cloud infrastructure and make the transition to the cloud simpler by extending security and connectivity to the public cloud.

“Our customers are at varying points on their journey of implementing public and hybrid cloud strategies,” said Satin H. Mirchandani, chief executive at FireMon. “While the security needs are very similar in cloud infrastructure and on-premise networks, the technology implementations can be very different.”

In addition to the strategic importance of cloud security technologies, it’s critical to have a team and solutions that have proven successful in real-world environments.

“One of the most impressive aspects of the FortyCloud technology is the customer and market acceptance,” said Jody Brazil, co-founder and chief product strategist, FireMon. “The FortyCloud team has built a great, multi-cloud security solution that is being used by many large and complex global organizations.”

With the addition of FortyCloud to its portfolio, FireMon will support:
• Native cloud awareness to enhance management capabilities
• Cloud discovery and automated security group mapping
• Security object abstraction across the enterprise and multiple cloud environments
• Automation of security enforcement in multi-cloud environments

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