According to a worldwide survey, by 2020, most organization will run their information technology business on the Cloud, which will expose them to various Cloud threats and risks. Therefore, the concern is no longer “How secure is the Cloud infrastructure?”, but it is more on “How we can protect anonymous data breaches/ malicious attacks in Cloud?”
In the race to move the business apps into Cloud (moving/migrating from on-premises to cloud/virtualization), many organizations are losing control over data management, such as, where the data resides/protection of data in Cloud from anonymous threats. Primarily, lack of data security controls in Cloud models lead to many threats and risks, resulting in data breach in multiple ways. For instance, Ransomware attacks, Data exfiltration, limited visibility over sanctioned and unsanctioned IT and anomalous user behaviours, etc.
These days, multiple vectors are being leveraged for a data breach in the Cloud. Ransomware effect, lack of enhance granular Data Loss Prevention rules, lack of machine learning to understand the anomalous behaviour of users and lack of control over the Software as a Service (SaaS) Cloud App Services (Cloud Storage) adds fuel to the fire.
With increase in sophisticated attacks targeting business critical information, the need is to have an advanced and enhanced level of granular data protection mechanism, a powerful machine-learning engine with control over anomalous user behaviour. Likewise, SaaS is also susceptible to major threats to an enterprise data, as an enterprise doesn’t have control over the data in an environment managed by the SaaS provider (service provider or a third party environment). This makes it difficult to monitor, detect and engine to analyse, and access what type of data and from where is moving out of SaaS app / Cloud storage.
It’s still not too late for an enterprise if it acts cautiously and takes control. It should implement security controls that can act as a gatekeeper and provide an enhanced layer of security control for data protections and compliance across Cloud apps.
Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) solution acts as a gatekeeper between Cloud service consumer and Cloud service provider. The gatekeeper comes with a set of controls to identify, detect various cyber threats, protect the data-at-rest and in-move, and prevent malicious Cloud traffic generated from different endpoints or workloads of consumers. CASB plays a key role in identifying and preventing data breaches in real-time and provide better visibility over sanctioned and unsanctioned IT apps.
Enterprises leveraging SaaS apps and other public Cloud services are increasingly adopting CASB to address Cloud risks, enforce security policies and comply with regulations.
If not already, it’s time to include Cloud protection solutions such as CASB to establish better control over the data and its protection.