Business applications previously lived securely in data centers and office workers connected to internal networks using business-managed desktops or laptops. And the data was surrounded by a closed perimeter to keep everything safe.
All of that has changed over the past 18 months. Businesses and employees have had to adapt quickly to cloud technology and remote working. The cloud has given businesses the agility to react to change faster and the scalability to adapt to rapid growth. Remote working has boosted productivity by allowing employees to access cloud data from anywhere on any device.
It is not as usual. The data center and the security perimeter are no longer the center of the universe. Now telecommuters, personal mobile devices, apps and data are in the middle.
Although employees, applications and data have left the building, IT security teams still take responsibility for protecting confidential data and ensuring compliance with strict privacy regulations. The risk of not doing so can be costly.
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Security and data access disrupted
It’s impossible to see the risk when you don’t know what you’re up against. Employees can now access your cloud data from anywhere using personal devices and local Wi-Fi networks that you can’t see or manage. Whatever visibility you had is gone. Left hanging, little – if anything – is under your control.
Currently, endpoint security in the cloud involves several stand-alone tools that solve specific problems. But beware: sometimes juggling dozens of security tools – each unaware the other exists – increases the risk of exposure.
Some organizations rely on virtual private networks (VPNs for remote workforce access. Although they connect employees to cloud applications and data from anywhere, VPNs can assume that Every user and device is trustworthy (they aren’t), so be careful with VPNs, leaving your infrastructure and everything connected to it extremely vulnerable.
Caught up in the surge of mediocrity, the traditional security approach offers only a fraction of what is needed to ensure endpoint security to the cloud. It doesn’t give you visibility or insight into the security posture of your users and endpoints or cloud applications. And it cannot impose zero trust, a staple of modern security.
Minimize business risks
With data routed where it’s needed, organizations can minimize risk by regaining the same visibility, information, and access controls as with a perimeter. To do this, you need a cloud solution that provides strong data protections and endpoint privacy to the cloud.
Search recommends taking into account these three factors to minimize the risk:
- Full visibility – The first step to securing your data is knowing what is going on. This requires visibility into the risk levels of users, devices, applications, and data. Visibility also plays a key role in ensuring compliance with data privacy regulations.
- Unified information –Your security infrastructure should be integrated into a unified platform to manage policies, detect cyber threats, and perform conclusive incident investigations. This will give you actionable insights from endpoints to the cloud.
- Secure access to boost productivity – To protect data without hampering productivity, it’s critical to enforce Zero Rust access that has the intelligence to understand and adapt to continuous changes in users, devices, locations, applications and data.
Endpoint-to-cloud data protection
To gain visibility, information, and access control from the endpoint to the cloud, organizations need perimeter-style security capabilities delivered from the cloud. In 2019, Gartner launched the Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), a framework that responds to these challenges and calls for the deployment of several security solutions in a unified architecture.
Since then, a multitude of vendors have incorporated various security tools into their SASE products. Some offer cloud security, but no endpoint security or continuous risk assessment. Others have basic access controls but don’t analyze user behaviors, detect malware on the fly, or identify compliance gaps. And many don’t include advanced data protections that encrypt confidential data, emails, or files and enforce strict data sharing rules.
Each vendor’s interpretation of SASE should be carefully checked to ensure that it incorporates and adequately addresses all critical aspects of your organization’s current operation with remote or hybrid work in place at all times. This modern security approach, with SASE and Zero Trust as cornerstones, will protect data from endpoints to the cloud by providing very important visibility across devices, users, networks, access privileges and applications. cloud.
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