Ensuring a secure and compliant cloud system for handling and storing data starts with visibility.
Even popular SaaS solutions such as Microsoft 365, Dropbox or Salesforce, with their inbuilt security, have blind spots. And it’s often the case that many SaaS solutions do not operate behind a single pane of glass – or where they do, such features are only offered at the highest purchase level, perhaps putting them out of reach for SMBs. This inevitably means auditing reports become a burdensome, time-intensive task for data protection officers or IT leaders as they piece together necessary auditing data from a variety of sources.
Additionally, the rise of shadow IT has caused a headache for many business and IT professionals, who are playing catch-up with monitoring the ever-expanding use of out-of-scope apps – especially in the case of organisations with personal device or BYOD policies. But, naturally, productivity and user experience cannot be compromised when adopting security and data solutions. Employees and users across all levels of organisations need access to data regardless of where in the world they are located or what device they’re using.
Adopting a Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) solution can optimise visibility across an organisation, by monitoring all user activity within cloud applications – both company-approved and shadow apps – and enforce internal policies and external, industry compliance requirements. A CASB solution should additionally be adopted as part of a wider SIM/SIEM solution for the ultimate in forward-looking, secure data collection, monitoring, and consolidation.
Many CASB solutions, such as the one provided by Censornet, are built with compliance in mind – by providing granular visibility and control over user interaction with cloud applications and comprehensive audit trails of such user activity, all operated behind a single pane of glass for centralised control, management and ease of use.