Cloud Access Security Brokers or CASBs are one of the fastest growing security technologies today because they provide cloud service visibility, data security, threat protection, and compliance. CASBs are an effective and easy way to mitigate the top cloud security threats. Security practitioners look to trusted CASB providers as strategic partners to help advise them on key cloud security decisions.
Leveraging cloud technology enables enterprises to be more agile and competitive while also significantly reducing costs. However, there are risks associated with such benefits. Getting new capabilities quickly is worth far less if it means exposing vulnerabilities that result in regulatory compliance violations and fees, loss of intellectual property, loss of customer data, or damage to the company’s reputation, brand, and future business. Whether using the software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), or infrastructure as a service (IaaS), cloud security is a mandatory cost of doing business.
CASB’s are mandatory for cloud services. The Cisco Global Cloud Index reports that by 2018, 58% of all cloud workloads will be SaaS. The market was forecast to reach $22.4 billion in 2016. Many enterprises are moving their entire infrastructure to the cloud. The evidence is mounting that people-centric approaches won’t work. In practical terms, success with this approach is nearly impossible because of the time and cost associated with manual forensics and the lack of skilled labor. Instead, a CASB does all of this for you—saving time and eliminating human error. A CASB uses machine learning and automation to provide secure and compliant use of cloud services across multiple providers and technologies.
Adding cloud security to one’s budget has been vital, and one can achieve this by calculating the financial exposure of not having a CASB, aligning cloud security spending and business objectives, and, last but not the least, calculate cost savings for cybersecurity expertise through automation. Demonstrating the financial exposure of not having a CASB can mean huge fines and damage to brand reputation. The cost of compliance violations, damage to brand and reputation, and the loss of future business can be substantial. One of the best ways to get a cloud security budget approved is to align cloud security spending with business objectives.
CASBs, designed to secure cloud services, are better equipped to secure modern businesses than traditional security appliances. The size and complexity of today’s cyber-attack surface make it costly to identify, correlate, categorize, and act on anomalies. These costs surface in hourly forensic analyst wages and the amount of time a cloud service is vulnerable while humans struggle to secure it. Not all CASBs are created equal, so it is important to carefully evaluate your alternatives before selecting a CASB partner.
Oracle’s CASB Cloud Service is a multimode platform through integration with leading in-line solutions, including secure web gateways (SWG), next-generation firewalls (NGFW), identity as a service (IDaaS), and security information and event management (SIEM). A complete service like this one could be useful to your entire business long-term.
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