The cloud, and particularly the adoption of public cloud applications such as Salesforce, Google Apps, Dropbox, and others, impacts one of the primary instruments in every organization’s security toolkit: encryption. In its natural form, encryption can be a rigid method for controlling users and data – a barrier. As we move to the cloud, encryption in its traditional format can become cumbersome and counter-effective to broad SaaS adoption and warrants re-evaluation.
With only a small percentage of corporate data in the cloud being sensitive, taking a selective, risk-appropriate approach is in order. File-level encryption is a great asset to have up your sleeve. The right encryption methodology and technology must allow for organizational discretion and control over what data is encrypted, providing increased security for your most sensitive data in the event of a user-induced breach, as in a phishing attack -- all while keeping users’ ability to access and distribute sensitive information in SaaS applications.
We see customers spend a good amount of time, resources, and money deploying SaaS applications across their organizations. Keeping them running with full functionality is key. In a cloud setting, encryption at the network level has the potential to (and often does) break the native functionalities of cloud platforms and diminish their built-in value. For example, encrypted data can be rendered unusable, breaking search functionality or making it impossible to use in report building. The right encryption solution covers all your and your users’ security needs without interfering with the native mobile, productive, collaborative benefits of SaaS applications.
Of course it can! We have published an entire eBook on the topic, but in a nutshell, we recommend that organizations:
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