We live in a world dominated by remote work, cloud adoption, and digital workflows. This evolution in the way we live and work has resulted in improved organizational agility and a happier (not to mention more efficient) workforce. We send important communications over email, collaborate on Slack, store files in Box, and are able to complete business-critical processes much faster than ever before. However, chinks in this cloud-first armor have begun to appear.
While security technologies have focused on protecting every imaginable layer within cloud security, the most targeted layer is also the most overlooked – the human layer. Humans sit at the center of this collaboration sprawl, talking and writing and performing critical actions that keep businesses running. While all of this context lies unanalyzed, targeted attacks and data loss rear their heads.
Email attacks today are laser focused and evade traditional detection by targeting human nature. Moving beyond mass-phishing and malicious payloads, attackers are now researching their targets before sending socially engineered emails. Attackers impersonate trusted parties or take over legitimate email accounts to induce actions that cause financial and data loss.
“Over $26 billion has been lost to business email compromise (BEC) attacks over the last three years according to the FBI.”
A new layer of security controls has emerged to protect the human layer across office applications. Enough stage-setting, let’s introduce cloud office security.
What is Cloud Office Security?
Let’s start off simple:
Cloud office security refers to processes and technologies that protect people and data across any channel used for communication and collaboration. These channels include but are not limited to email, messaging, file-sharing, and video communications.
Why is Cloud Office Security Needed?
So you’re clear on what cloud office security means and where it falls within the cloud security umbrella. The obvious next question is – so what? Why is cloud office security needed?
In some ways, decades-long technological trends have led us to this point where cloud office security should be a key part of every organization’s security stack.
Rapid (and unsecure) cloud adoption
Most business applications have moved to the cloud, and the ones that haven’t are in the process of being moved. The worldwide public cloud services market is forecast to grow 17% in 2020 to total $266.4 billion, up from $227.8 billion in 2019, according to Gartner, Inc. This is unquestionably a positive trend – cloud adoption improves organizational agility, minimizes the burden of capex investments, and results in a more efficient outlay of resources across the board. However, privileging speed of adoption often comes at the expense of securing these cloud environments and apps.
For instance, recent research from ESG found that 53% of cloud email users believed native email security to be insufficient. Among those organizations, only 23% chose to incorporate additional, third-party controls before migrating to cloud-delivered email. More than one in five (21%) assumed native controls would be sufficient, which proved not to be true, leaving most to add controls post migration.
Armorblox: A Gartner Cool Vendor in Cloud Office Security
Armorblox is a cloud office security platform that protects enterprise communications across email, messaging, and file-sharing services using natural language understanding. The platform connects over APIs to analyze thousands of signals across identity, behavior, and language. Organizations use pre-configured Armorblox policies to stop targeted attacks, automate abuse mailbox remediation, and prevent outbound and lateral data loss.
In May 2020, Gartner identified Armorblox as a Cool Vendor in Cloud Office Security. Here are what we believe to be the highlights of our unique approach to protecting enterprise communications:
Multi-channel inbound and outbound protection
Armorblox connects with email, messaging, and file-sharing services over APIs to secure communications across cloud office channels. The platform supports Office 365, G Suite, Exchange, Slack, and Box today, with the capability to connect to other data sources with time. This cross-connectivity lends Armorblox a contextual understanding of the enterprise and its employees, enabling the platform to detect threats and stop data loss where siloed technologies fall short.
Download our guide to learn:
- Why current security measures fall short of protecting against targeted attacks and data loss
- How cloud office security solutions expand the notion of user identity by analyzing behavior and language
- Key product capabilities that organizations should look for while investing in cloud office security