Trend Micro has launched a public beta version of its SecureCloud security platform to enable enterprises to encrypt and control data in public, private or hybrid cloud environments.

The company said that SecureCloud integrates unique policy-based key management, industry-standard encryption and virtual-server authentication to safely and easily deploy data into private or public cloud environments. This enables cloud users to secure sensitive information without having to install a complex secure file infrastructure.

One benefit, according to Trend Micro, is that it can deliver services in a private cloud that reside in the enterprise data centre, a public cloud outside the enterprise managed by third-party service providers or a hybrid cloud that combines private and public clouds.

It also said that SecureCloud gives users exclusive custody over their encryption keys, to allow cloud customers to leverage the efficiencies and benefits of cloud services, while maintaining authority over the information within their environments.

In terms of security, Trend Micro said that SecureCloud enhances an already broad solution line-up for cloud security, but is specific to the security and governance of data stored and used in private or public clouds.

Its Deep Security technology can provide a secure container into which customers can put their applications and manipulate their data. SecureCloud encrypts and controls data stored outside the container so that only its encryption key owners can access it.

SecureCloud is delivered as Software-as-a-Service and supports Amazon EC2, Eucalyptus or the VMware platform.

Parag Patel, vice president of global strategic alliances at VMware, said: “Trend Micro has been working alongside VMware to help ensure that SecureCloud provides support for the latest VMware vCloud API so customers can continue on their cloud computing journey. SecureCloud's identity and integrity checking provides a solution for those looking to deploy their own private clouds while helping to ensure compliance and separation of data.”

Steve Quane, chief product officer at Trend Micro, said: “Security has been one of the greatest inhibitors to cloud-computing adoption. Now, as cloud computing takes shape and enterprises are starting to put data in the cloud, security must evolve to protect and control the data.

“Enterprises want assurance that their data and applications are secure before they move critical processes into the cloud. Trend Micro SecureCloud gives confidence to enterprises, who can rest assured that that their data is secure and fully within their control.”