It's always interesting to hear the insights of Gartner attendees, a high-level group that has a keen sense of what's needed in their organizations. At Bitglass, we're always looking to better understand our customers' top concerns, to see where the industry stands in terms of cloud adoption, and to discuss how a CASB fits into cloud security plans. Far and away the most popular topic of conversation was Office 365. For many, Office 365 deployments have already begun and CASB security was the organic next step. For others, the Gartner show served as an opportunity to meet with analysts and chart out a path for Office 365 migration.Most of Microsoft's cloud services are now at feature parity with their premises-based counterparts which, coupled with lower costs and easy deployment, has driven Office 365 adoption higher than ever.
Across the board, CISOs from the healthcare, financial services, and education sectors are all eager to make the jump to the cloud if they haven't already, but first need a way to overcome key security hurdles. Compliance is one such hurdle. Government IT leaders that stopped by our Office 365 talk were one group among many curious as to how a CASB like Bitglass could help maintain regulatory compliance by controlling unmanaged device access, limiting external sharing, and applying granular DLP beyond a simple allow or block.