Are You Familiar with the Monster in the Cloud?

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While the world gets to put away their scary stories and sleepless nights come November, cybersecurity teams continually wrestle with fears of a security breach year-round.

Over the last 10 years, a few major shifts have happened. Businesses embraced digital transformation, gradually adopting cloud-based applications, software as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure as-a-service (IaaS). Then, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed organizations to remote work and dramatically changed the network landscape – including where data and apps were managed. Today, our hybrid, hyper-distributed world brings new challenges to security teams as more corporate data continues to be distributed, shared and stored outside of on-prem data centers, into the cloud. Despite its many benefits, work-from-anywhere exposes organizations to new vulnerabilities – new monsters – that must be slayed. The old “castle and moat” security model, which focused on protecting the data center via a corporate network, is essentially obsolete.

Enter a new security model called a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture. SASE brings together next-generation network and security solutions for better oversight and control of the IT environment in our cloud-based world. How do you enable a SASE architecture? With Security Service Edge (SSE) solutions. SSE solutions enable secure access to web, SaaS, IaaS and cloud apps for a company’s users, wherever they are. The core products within SSE are:

With data breaches becoming costlier by the minute, cloud protection is a must. Here are top 10 reasons cyber-experts see security service edge adoption as critical for an effective long-term security posture.

    1.  Controlling “shadow IT” – The average enterprise finds that their users are accessing over 2,400 cloud services, of which only two percent are IT-led and under full admin control. ¹ The remaining 98% are user-led and not under full IT control. That is a lot of invisible usage and data. How can you protect what you can’t see? An SSE solution brings full visibility to cloud applications in use, eliminating shadow IT.
    2. Preventing data loss in the cloud – Legacy security technologies can’t see or identify when a user moves sensitive corporate data from a corporate instance of a cloud application to a personal instance of a cloud application. When you enable an SSE, your security team will be able to see that data movement and enforce policy to block or prevent data loss.
    3. Enabling Zero Trust access – An SSE platform is designed to grant least-privileged access to authenticated users, ensuring each user is only able to access the corporate data they require for their role. Legacy network security models assume anyone granted access to your network is “safe.”  But if a bad actor can gain access to your corporate network, they have almost unfettered access to corporate resources and data. With a Zero Trust Network Access solution, you can avoid…

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