What Is a CASB and Why Do You Need It?Use This Tool to Secure Your Organization From Endpoint to Cloud
Before we talk about CASB, let’s talk about SASE. The term Secure Access Service Edge, designated by the research and analysis firm Gartner, is essentially the convergence of several existing cloud-based security technologies.
The need for SASE arose as the global workplace became more mobile and more reliant on cloud applications. It replaces the traditional "castle and moat" security approach in which application and data assets are secured behind a firewall in a corporate data center. This outdated, on-premises, perimeter-based model required remote user traffic to be backhauled long distances to the corporate data center using VPN tunnels.
By converging all VPN tunnels at a central location, IT managers were able to achieve global visibility and control into all managed devices and all data traffic. Of course, as businesses go remote and applications move to the cloud, this "hub and spoke" approach becomes inefficient and ultimately obsolete. Learn more about the limitations of VPN.
SASE security technologies include Cloud Access Security Brokers, or CASB; Zero Trust Network Access, or ZTNA; Secure Web Gateways, or SWG; Data Loss Prevention, or DLP; and certain others, all delivered by a single cloud service at the network edge.
OK, now let’s talk CASB.
A cloud access security broker, usually referred to as a CASB, offers a security gateway between your company’s IT infrastructure and that of a cloud provider. It is a cloud-based software that acts as an intermediary between individual users and cloud-based security-as-a-Service, or SaaS, applications such as Box, Dropbox, Google Workspace, Microsoft 365 and Slack.
CASB, another term coined by Gartner, emerged as services began shifting to the cloud and employees began using these services, with or without the prior knowledge of the IT department. CASBs provide IT managers with visibility into cloud services in use across the enterprise and enable the managers to implement security controls.
The key features of CASB include Data Loss Prevention; User and Entity Behavior Analytics, or UEBA; and Compliance with requirements such as HIPAA and PCI. It provides the same visibility and control provided by a "castle and moat" security approach under the new device-to-cloud model.
What CASB Can Do for Your Organization
- Discover cloud services and assess cloud risk.
- Identify and protect sensitive information.
- Detect and mitigate threats.
- Attain cloud governance and compliance.
- Enable secure and easy-to-use mobility.
SaaS governance programs must begin with an inventory of SaaS applications in use, the people using them, and the third-party apps they’ve connected to those applications.
Enterprise-grade cloud services are appropriate for data of all types, even sensitive data - as long as that data can be identified as such and be continuously protected.
Because of their increasing ubiquity, cloud services are becoming targets for attackers. Customers must diligently guard against malicious activity.
Highly regulated industries must assess the security of used cloud services, choose those that meet specific requirements and demonstrate they are governing the use of cloud.
Access anywhere, anytime and from any device is a common use case. CASBs enable shades of access, which is more useful than a binary decision to block or allow.
Most IT people understand the obvious benefit of having a service that can ensure and monitor security for third-party storage providers. This gives enterprises a chance to prevent, discover and respond to threats. But the benefits of these services extend to offering a way to monitor activity inside the company.
CASB is a critical tool organizations can use to holistically secure an organization from endpoint to cloud.
To learn more about why integrated endpoint-to-cloud security is essential to safeguard your data while complying with regulations and respecting personal privacy, watch this video hosted by Aaron Cockerill, chief strategy officer at Lookout.