The Future of Cloud Security with CloudLock Throughout 2013, we have written on this blog series about numerous enhancements to the Collaboration Security and Apps Firewall product lines, reflecting…

The Future of Cloud Security with CloudLock


Throughout 2013, we have written on this blog series about numerous enhancements to the Collaboration Security and Apps Firewall product lines, reflecting the ongoing investments we’ve made into improving the security (and more importantly, the collaborative environments) of our clients. Over 90% of Google’s largest customers now use CloudLock to secure their most sensitive data – something I was pleased to experience first hand in Barcelona last week, in numerous discussions with some of the world’s most visionary CIOs, analysts, and organizations at the Gartner Barcelona event.

I am pleased to announce that, on the heels of our tremendously exciting announcement of support for Salesforce, we also have a major new release of our Collaboration Security product being released today.

As of this evening, CloudLock reaches a milestone in helping organizations achieve regulatory, operational, and security compliance in the cloud. Since the original release of the Policy Engine functionality — still the only way to accurately detect detailed information from the content of files stored in the cloud — it has been necessary to separate Content and Compliance policies. As a brief reminder, the former related to those policies that specify specific keywords and metadata tags, and the latter provides pattern-recognition of data such as PII, PCI, and regular expressions. With this newly supported Compound Policy feature, however, these two different type of data analytics can occur simultaneously, in the same policy.

This is a significant step forward in cloud security; the capability to refine data discovery along two axes allows for substantially more sophisticated detection and classification rules to be written, something that no other solution on the market today can accomplish. For example, an organization that is concerned with the management and detection of trade-regulated data (such as ITAR or EAR) can now look for both patternized data such as a part number that complies with an internal schema, as well as for metadata that indicates that the part in question relates to a specific class of information that is subject to trade restrictions. Further policy refinements are also possible, such as the ownership of those files containing these two types of data or the length of time for which it has existed in a shares state.

What this represents is part of the continued maturation of CloudLock’s approach to data discovery and classification. Today’s release will help organizations securely move their business data into cloud platforms. In addition to improved accuracy, Compound Policies are pivotal in increasing end-user access to the critical information that drives their businesses through the use of CloudLock’s unique Data Classification system, which many of our customers are using to enable an increasingly social and mobile way of collaborating amongst their employees.

By making it possible to analyze information in increasingly granular detail, we are also responding to years of customer experience – we have the market’s broadest and most robust data set into how, where, and why users adopt and leverage information in the cloud. This insight into user behavior and action is driving the next generation of cloud security from CloudLock, and represents a real alternative to the restrictive approaches of obfuscation, aftermarket encryption, and business impeding controls that have repeatedly failed to work. We, and the broader security market around us, are paving the way forward by creating technologies and solutions that add clarity, awareness, and innovation to the compliance and security stakeholders at our customers, no matter where or how that data is being stored.

Stay tuned as we reveal more functionality and support for this fundamentally people-centric vision, both this week and across the rest of the year. We have a number of exciting changes and new features planned, and believe that the future for cloud collaboration is bright.


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