One of the primary barriers to cloud computing adoption has historically been security. Ironically enough, security services are increasingly shifting toward a cloud computing-based delivery model, said Symantec senior vice president Adrian Chamberlain.

In an interview with eWeek, Chamberlain - who is senior vice president for the security firm's SaaS group - said that the cloud is the next frontier of security services. In turn, the company has begun developing cloud-based versions of its existing security offerings.

"The world is moving toward security-based services," he told the news provider. "We know we see big demand for web services… We see a big demand for archiving, business continuity and encryption."

The technology news website reported that the company's current cloud computing project in the works is called Symantec Data Loss Prevention 10, which offers monitoring and protection of outbound emails through a hosted email security service, thereby eliminating the need for on-site email infrastructure.

This and similar Symantec offerings are likely to be met with significant market demand, as a recent report from Sendmail and Osterman Research found that email security was the most popular enterprise use for cloud computing.

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