Information Protection in the Web and Cloud Era
Today’s Modern Enterprise Needs Security that Fits
Companies used to be able to lock their doors and shred their documents to keep their information from getting into the wrong hands. Then came the digital age – information was suddenly easily accessible and transferable. To prevent it from being intercepted, stolen or accessed by unauthorized users, security technologies sprouted up to protect it as it flowed through the company’s local area networks (LANs), between their remote sites, and in and out of their discrete data centers.
Over the past few years, however, we have seen the digital world evolve – it’s been migrating to the cloud and going mobile – yet the security technologies designed to protect the data continue to operate as though there are defined digital boundaries to the business world. The reality is there is no containing data today – it’s literally everywhere.
Users are storing and accessing corporate data from their smartphones, tablets, cloud apps, home offices and airport kiosks. They are going to their local coffee shop and connecting to public Wi-Fi to directly access their corporate apps and accounts in the cloud (e.g. Salesforce, Box, ServiceNow, etc.). All the while, traditional security controls, which exist in a company’s data center, have no visibility into this activity – they are unable to monitor, control or protect the data the moment it’s outside the company’s direct control.
What’s needed is a modern approach to this modern data protection problem. What’s needed is a solution that can implement consistent controls and security, regardless of how data is accessed and where it is stored. This white paper explores the challenges associated with protecting data in today’s enterprise and starts to detail how a modern data loss prevention (DLP) solution, delivered as part of a cloud-based web security gateway, can provide continuous monitoring and protection of sensitive data on mobile devices, on-premises and in the cloud.