Managing and Securing Third-Party Applications

Are security and compliance concerns holding you back from moving to the Cloud? If so, you’re not alone. But, you may be focused on the wrong things.

Jay Heiser, a Gartner analyst, suggests that many organizations are fixated on hypothetical security risks when they should be focused on control and governance. Organizations can take the right steps to protecting data in the cloud by shifting concerns (and focus) from on-prem tools like firewalls or proxies to policy and procedures along with automation.

So, how do you focus on control and governance?

The simple answer is a Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) or Cloud Security Gateway (CSG). These are tools that were developed to fill large security gaps around the use of third-party applications, helping your company safely enable cloud apps as well as mobile devices. A CASB or CSG sits between your enterprise and the public cloud, acting as a gatekeeper and offering visibility into applications being used and information flowing in and out of the cloud – the shadow IT challenge. In addition to visibility, a CASB tool can help you manage your portfolio of cloud services, providing automated governance around both your shadow IT and sanctioned services.

If desired, a CASB will also encrypt the data in real time as it travels to the cloud, storing the data securely, ensuring only the right users have access. If you have information already stored in the cloud, a CASB can provide encryption, DLP, and access controls to meet security and compliance policies.

By introducing a CASB into your environment you can provide increased threat protection from abnormal human or packet behavior. Through advanced heuristics, machine learning, and neural netting, a CASB understands what’s normal behavior for a particular cloud service and your organization. Any behavior outside the norm is flagged as an anomaly and alerts the security team and/or security orchestration tools.

Through a CASB platform, you can put policies in place to control unmanaged devices trying to access the cloud. It will manage the different attempts, locations, and devices trying to gain access and grant permissions only to authorized devices and users.

As third-party applications become more valuable to organizations, it’s even more important to ensure proper security and governance is in place.

For more information about how a CASB or CSG can help you manage and secure third-party applications and move workloads to the Cloud, view our TechEx Webinar.