Cloud Security in the Modern Enterprise The opportunities cloud applications introduce are enormous – but organizations cannot take advantage of them at the expense of security. Existing legacy…

Cloud Security in the Modern Enterprise

Bernd Leger

As VP of Marketing, Bernd drives CloudLock’s go-to-market strategy, including inbound marketing, product marketing, content marketing, public and analyst relations, marketing communications and sales enablement.

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The opportunities cloud applications introduce are enormous – but organizations cannot take advantage of them at the expense of security. Existing legacy data loss prevention solutions do not support SaaS applications, leaving the modern enterprise between a rock and a hard place.

As a result, businesses are looking to equip themselves with a new approach to ensure the protection of their sensitive information in the cloud while accelerating the capabilities of their team.

CIOs and CISOs are increasingly seeking a single, unified cloud security solution for all their SaaS applications.

How can this be accomplished?

Cloud-Native Cloud Security

An API-driven, cloud-native approach avoids the typical shortcomings of the “man in the middle” approach of gateways and reverse-proxy tools. The introduction of a single point of potential failure associated with gateways can have a negative impact on performance and the end user experience.

An API approach allows for deep content inspection, seeing beyond user actions and identifying risk via other sources, such as 3rd party apps and system integrations. A cloud-native approach enables an unparalleled level of completeness, allowing organizations visibility into all of the risk factors without negating the benefits that brought them to the cloud in the first place. Additionally, in the event of a security incident, the cloud-centric API method enables a rich set of remediation actions – not just the in-transit encryption or blocking associated with man in the middle approaches.

Unification

Rather than attempting to secure SaaS applications one at a time through niche solutions, a unified policy framework solves the cloud security conundrum holistically. Deploying security policies universally and inspecting content against it accordingly represents a comprehensive take on enterprise security in the cloud.

Real Time Security Intelligence

Continuously monitoring all SaaS applications is critical to a powerful cloud security program. Rather than a moment in time assessment, an ongoing risk intelligence approach minimizes the time-to-detection and resolution window.
But true security is about more than just data monitoring. Rather, it comes down to leveraging all possible insights available, including user behavior analysis and geo-based insights to achieve a complete view of your security status. This visibility and control allows for fast detection and response to risks such as oversharing, inadvertent exposure, malicious data extraction, and today’s cyberthreats.

Automated Policy Enforcement

Don’t just detect in real time – act in real time. Identifying policy violations through deep content and context inspection as a start. Then, in the case of critical incidents, take immediate action, and apply automated responses, such as revoking sharing rights or encrypting critical data.

Ready for more?

In our CISO’s Guide to Cloud Security eBook, you will:

  • Learn the characteristics and priorities of today’s forward-thinking security leaders
  • Obtain actionable guidelines to initialize and execute an effective cloud security program
  • Be empowered to bring it all to life with a formula to measure the impact of security efforts in every organization

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