Enterprises are adopting infrastructure as a service (IaaS) en masse in pursuit of enhanced flexibility, productivity, and cost savings. These platforms allow organizations to upload and download data via custom applications, machines, scripts, and other automated processes. This simplifies and automates certain business processes; however, it can lead to security concerns when the proper tools are not put in place.
As enterprises adopt IaaS and begin moving sensitive data to the cloud in the above, automated fashion, they need to analyze their security tools and consider what could happen in the event of a data breach. Administrators are responsible for securing their own IaaS instances so it is vital to have a proactive approach to protecting sensitive information. Failure to do so can lead to great harm for an organization, its stakeholders, and its customers.
In addition, organizations must also ensure compliance with data privacy laws like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which demands that the privacy of consumer data is preserved. Without the proper tools, it becomes quite difficult to maintain visibility and control as data flows to and from machines and endpoints in the cloud – impeding regulatory compliance.
One solution that can ensure security and compliance in IaaS platforms is encryption. However, most existing tools only encrypt data that is already at rest in the cloud – this takes time and can impede the usability and productivity benefits that the cloud provides. Fortunately, as a leading cloud access security broker (CASB), Bitglass can automatically detect and encrypt sensitive data as it is uploaded to API endpoints like AWS S3, and decrypt it at download for the aforementioned machines, apps, and more.
To learn more about how Bitglass achieves the above, download the API Gateway Encryption Overview below.