By Neeraj Nayak, Senior Manager, Product Marketing at CipherCloud
Endpoint security, today, has emerged as one of the biggest cybersecurity concerns in the industry. Due to the worldwide shift to remote workforce model, we are witnessing two major trends in the industry – (a) adoption of SaaS applications for remote collaboration (b) increasing number of employees connecting to work using their personal devices. Why is this a concern? Because to stay more productive, employees more often than not ignore security best practices and connect directly to the cloud with their personal devices that lack the security settings of company-issued hardware. And enterprise firewalls, that focus on perimeter security, have no visibility and control over the collaboration happening in the cloud. This can lead to unauthorized cloud access, data leaks, and accidental disclosure due to a high degree of collaboration in SaaS apps such as Slack and Teams.
What are the potential security risks associated with endpoint devices?
With cloud emerging as the biggest threat vector, the lack of endpoint security controls sounds even more worrying. Employees can accidentally upload infected files in the cloud from unauthorized and unmanaged devices, leading to data breaches of magnified proportions. The high degree of collaboration in SaaS apps such as Slack and Teams can lead to data leaks and accidental data disclosures. Highly regulated industries, such as Healthcare and BFSI, run the risk of data privacy violations and compliance failures due to PII, PHI, PCI data leaks, subjecting them to millions of dollars in lawsuits.
How CASBs can solve endpoint security challenges?
Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) are tailor-made to address the endpoint security challenges in the cloud-mobile world. The comprehensive data protection and access control policies defined by CASB enable context-aware management of devices connecting to the cloud apps from any location and trigger corrective actions, such as device blocking and preventing sensitive data access, on detecting a policy violation. The inline DLPs of CASB perform real-time scanning of every content going into or out of the cloud to maintain cloud integrity and prevent data loss. The following are some of the CASB best practices for securing access to the cloud from any endpoint BYO device.
CipherCloud recommendations for establishing endpoint security
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