Cybersecurity in a Hybrid Cloud Environment: Where to Start With the instant collaboration and powerful data management capabilities offered by the cloud, it’s no surprise that a rapidly growing portion of…

Cybersecurity in a Hybrid Cloud Environment: Where to Start

Zack Gross

With a passion for all things tech and creative, I spend my time helping people discover how cloud cybersecurity protects and enables businesses all at once.

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With the instant collaboration and powerful data management capabilities offered by the cloud, it’s no surprise that a rapidly growing portion of data is moving off premises. But, many businesses are currently living in a hybrid world where some data lives on premises, and other data lives in the cloud.

The Challenge: How Do You Secure Data Residing in Two Worlds?

There are many possible reasons an organization may keep certain data on-site. Perhaps they face data security and compliance regulations that require strict data residency decisions. Or maybe they depend on legacy applications and on-premises security solutions that they’re reluctant to turn their back on for fear of losing out on investments.

5810163712_ac8a7f249e_nNeedless to say, employing two separate security solutions that monitor each environment separately would be both ineffective and inefficient. When it comes to cybersecurity, operating in silos means missing crucial correlations and behavior patterns across your environments.

From a data management and security standpoint, there is a perceived gap created by this separation of data. But, this gap can easily be filled by the right type of Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB).

Cybersecurity for Hybrid Cloud: What to Look For

A hybrid cloud organization has hybrid security needs, and requires a full, unified view of its security stance across both cloud and on-premises environments. An effective way to achieve this is by integrating an API-based cloud security solution such as a CASB with on-premises security, and leveraging the strengths of each. Consider the value of converting your CASB from yet another point solution to a cybersecurity hub, exchanging information with existing security infrastructure, including DLP, EMM, MFA, SWG, NGFW, SIEM, IDaaS and SSO.

Highly extensible CASB solutions can offer unparalleled levels of insight due to their ability to correlate security events across formerly disparate data streams, allowing organizations to detect risky incidents that would otherwise slip through the cracks.

Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 11.04.24 AMFor instance, imagine a CASB that detects an unusual volume of file downloads, and instantly triggers your IDaaS solution to require multi-factor authentication for the associated identity the next time it logs in. 

Ultimately, this type of heightened integration could enable a substantially more secure enterprise no matter where your data resides.

Let’s Talk About It

Have you already deployed:

  • On premises DLP solution
  • Enterprise Mobility Management
  • Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Secure Web Gateway
  • Next Generation Firewall
  • SIEM
  • Identity-as-a-Service and SSO

Email us at info@cloudlock.com to discuss your unique hybrid cloud security needs, and learn more about how we merge the two worlds.

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