So your enterprise has embraced the cloud. You’ve entrusted the cloud with your CRM, enterprise content collaboration, human capital management, and more. Your organization is reaping the benefits in improved data and application availability, workforce productivity, and business agility. And you’ve done your homework and secured every one of your cloud applications to the best of your ability (and budget). But now you’re running into a new problem: keeping up with all your cloud data security investments is running your IT administrators ragged!
In just about every silo and at every level of the enterprise IT stack, the trend today is to abstract intelligence and software functionality out of individual components and point solutions and into a centralized, unified control interface, a single point of contact from which admins can run the rest of the complex system. This approach is proving extremely useful in cloud data security, too.
To understand why, it’s important to take a look at the current enterprise cloud data security landscape. There are three types of organizations currently running multi-cloud deployments:
- Those running the risk of security breaches and compliance violations due to an incomplete set of cloud data security tools
- Those already overwhelmed, or in danger of being overwhelmed, by all their cloud data security tools and point solutions
- Those who have discovered the value of centralizing their cloud data security efforts through a unified cloud security platform
Most businesses running multi-cloud environments fall into Group A. Enterprises in this group are working with an incomplete cloud data security toolset. This leaves large gaps in their protection and could result in a breach or inadvertent data exposure.
Enterprises in Group B, on the other hand, are protecting their multi-cloud deployments with multiple security solutions and tools. There are a number of cloud data security tools in the market, as we discuss in our Global Cloud Data Security Report, and Group B organizations use as many of those tools as possible to ensure complete coverage. Unfortunately, actively monitoring and managing all those cloud data security tools has become a time-consuming struggle. IT administrators tasked with maintaining cloud security are becoming overwhelmed and may begin to make mistakes or overlook anomalous activity.
Group C is where you want to be. Enterprises in this group have adopted single-platform cloud data security solutions that give them the best of both worlds. Monitoring, administration, and policy creation and enforcement are streamlined through a unified interface that manages all integrated cloud applications and offers a wide variety of cloud data security tools. Instead of attempting to incorporate separate solutions for encryption, tokenization, DLP, activity monitoring, anomaly detection, and malware protection, Group C enterprises can leverage all those tools from a single, centralized, tightly integrated point of contact.
Many of the enterprises in Group C belong to the strictly regulated, privacy-minded healthcare and financial sectors. These are organizations that must maintain control of their cloud data security at all times. Their adoption of a unified cloud security platform is a significant vote of confidence for the approach.
To learn more about the current state of the cloud security market and the solutions enterprises are using, download our new Q1 2015 Global Cloud Data Security Report today.