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What they won’t tell you about securing cloud apps


Thursday, Aug 02, 2018

In recent discussions, I’ve had with industry peers concerning cloud adoption, one thing stood out clearly: we have a namedrop problem in cloud app security. Everyone says they can help you with securing Office 365, Salesforce, Dropbox—the list goes on. But once you peel back the onion a little further, every enterprise has at least a few lesser-known or custom cloud apps. These need visibility and governance—in some cases, even more than those big name apps.

Cloud Applications have exploded


Challenges in the cloud

APIs have become the darling for supporting cloud access and governance, but they also pose a challenge when it comes to less popular or custom apps, as many of them do not have APIs to begin with. This leaves us with only one option—inline or proxy—if we want to be on top of all the apps in our cloud environment.

Many times, security teams are the last to learn about a new app being used in the environment. Business benefits and staying competitive in the marketplace drive the use of productivity-driven apps. As information security practitioners, we don’t necessarily want to stop the use of new apps, but we do have to make sure we keep the risk of shadow IT to a minimum.

If these apps are not sanctioned by IT, realistically, we have two options: to stop the use of a new app until it is formally sanctioned by IT, or to allow their use while working to support it as quickly as possible. Neither of these options is great, especially if you talk about adding weeks or months of time to support. This makes it critical for any cloud security solution to support new or custom apps quickly.

Secure any app with Forcepoint CASB

At Forcepoint, we constantly think about all the possible scenarios and provide best-in-breed security solutions for our customers. Our CASB solution is architected support new and custom apps in a matter of a few hours or days. This makes Forcepoint CASB able to support any app—a much different story from the other solutions in the market.

See our solution brief for more information about Forcepoint CASB, or learn what it can do for your enterprise by taking us up on our Free Cloud Threat Assessment


About the Author

Ankur Chadda

Ankur brings over 18 years of experience in technology industry with focus on security and networks, most recently leading the product marketing efforts for a UEBA startup where he helped global enterprises implement behavior analytics. Ankur also led the discussions on security solutions with...