By Ishani Sircar, Manager, Product Marketing at CipherCloud
Data leaks. Data breaches. Tighter security controls. Yet more breaches. A continuing cat-and-mouse-game. As both the way we do business in a distributed environment and apps mature and evolve, more businesses are adopting and expanding their reliance on apps for day-to-day operations. This in turn means ease of sharing data and information is key to staying agile and relevant. Information flows across endpoints, clouds, users, and is critical to continuity of business in the cloud era. However, developing a holistic information security program entails a deep understanding of all the entities across cloud environments and how they interact with each other.
The last few years have belonged to the cloud – SaaS, PaaS, IaaS. Most organizations have a galaxy of SaaS apps accessed by several internal and external collaborators for routine business ops. While productivity hasn’t taken a hit in the new norm, security sure has. Organizations need to understand how sensitive data is exposed across enterprise clouds and how the information is being accessed by other APIs, users, and devices. While every cloud provider is responsible for the security of their cloud, the security of sensitive data in the cloud still remains the responsibility of the organization and mostly an unsolved mystery.
Each SaaS application has a host of different settings, multiple concurrent API calls, and custom data access models. Sensitive and critical data is created and stored across these clouds. However, most of this data is left unidentified and unclassified. Furthermore, when it comes to information exchanged across these clouds and devices, compliance with local regulations and industry standards has to be ensured. Organizations need visibility to scan and classify data across devices and channels. To manage users, role-based access controls need to be implemented to direct the information flow between these clouds and the edges.
The year 2020 has witnessed a new level of collaboration where organizations were compelled to move most operations and employees to a remote work setup. Messaging and collaboration apps like Teams, Slack, and Zoom or email clients such as Outlook or Gmail saw astronomical growth and played a big part in enabling remote users outside the enterprise perimeter.
However, the rising concern for most CISOs is how to secure the remote workforce while ensuring business continuity? Every cloud has different API calls, different settings, and different metadata models. So, how can an organization analyze the security controls provided by diverse clouds and ensure that the configured security controls are enough to stop data leaks? How can an organization ensure that sensitive data is protected and have visibility into the data exchanged in the SaaS-mobile environment?
SaaS Clouds Accessed by Employees Daily
CASB still remains the most potent solution for cloud security.
Cloud access security brokers (CASB) provide the much-needed visibility and control into threats, policies, user-entity behavior, cloud posture of the cloud-mobile environments. CASBs deployed in API or proxy mode allow organizations to extend the reach of their security policies beyond their own infrastructure into the cloud universe.
Be sure to catch our CASB Best Practices 101: Securing Emails and Messaging Apps webinar to get valuable insights on the industry’s first email information protection solution integrated within a CASB.
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