Mobile devices and cloud-based applications that empower teams to work anywhere have been a boon for business productivity, agility, and innovation. However, this new way of working presents a new challenge for cyber-security teams: securing mobile devices accessing cloud applications that store sensitive data outside the control of on-premises security solutions.
Keeping Up: Security Risks in Today’s Hyper-connected World
Your security team would probably agree that the ideal state includes employees using devices that are owned and managed by your company and applications that are hosted within your own datacenter.
However, such a scenario is growing increasingly rare. The real state is trending toward a BYO-everything environment, with employees or their departments providing their own devices, internet access, applications, and more. This rise in mobile devices combined with the growth of cloud-based applications— for everything from email to customer relationship management to financial reporting—has created new problem areas for security teams.
The Truth About Security from Cloud and Cloud Application Providers
You’d think that cloud and cloud application providers would be highly focused on addressing mobile/cloud application security blind spots. And to some extent, they do provide capabilities that help.
However, cloud security is most often a shared responsibility: The cloud provider sees to its own infrastructure security, leaving customers to secure their data and user activities on top of that infrastructure. This means your business is responsible for elements such as user behavior, access and usage policies, and compliance.
The same holds true for unmanaged devices. Cloud application providers generally don’t distinguish between managed and unmanaged devices, nor do they provide endpoint control to compensate. It’s up to your company to secure access to cloud applications by both managed and unmanaged devices, protect users and data, and detect and prevent cyberthreats.
Security Starts with Your Mobile Workers
Employees today rely on a dizzying combination of sanctioned and unsanctioned cloud applications and managed and unmanaged devices. And, as any security team would tell you, network perimeter defenses and endpoint protection aren’t enough.
Optimizing Mobile-cloud Security with the Right CASB
Understanding human behavior and intent is the only way to distinguish an employee’s honest mistake from a malicious insider or compromised user. This insight enables us to stop the bad and free the good—halting detrimental activity while allowing people to do good work. It’s an approach that can extend to numerous mobile-cloud capabilities, including CASB.
Here are seven features critical for security in today’s hyper-connected world:
- Advanced UEBA: Observes human behaviors and detects anomalies to identify and minimize risk. Your organization gains additional insights into what users are doing with data to protect them from compromise as they use the web and email from any location, on any device.
- Device Control: Distinguishes between managed and unmanaged devices, with granular security policies to give employees the flexibility to use their preferred devices without compromising security.
- Comprehensive Application Discovery: Uncovers cloud application usage, including the use of unsanctioned and high-risk applications.
- Support for any Cloud Application: Including non-browser-based, rich applications—by inline proxy, with no changes required to the system.
- Data Loss Prevention: Secures data at rest in the cloud and in motion and integrates with market-leading Forcepoint DLP via ICAP.
- Advanced Malware Detection: Integrates with a high-performance malware analysis platform that inspects content and entices malware into execution so it can trigger an alert or block.
- Flexible Deployment: Full out-of-band (API mode) and inline (proxy mode) capabilities that include real-time blocking and multifactor authentication.
Download Whitepaper to learn how to:
- Exercise account protections across managed and unmanaged endpoints
- Identify abnormal activity early on and enforce policies proactively
- Use behavioral insights to minimize risk