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CASBs Hit the Mainstream!

By Rich Campagna | November 2, 2015 at 11:55 AM

gartner-logoThe Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) market has expanded at an eye popping rate since Neil MacDonald and Peter Firstbrook of Gartner first coined the term in 2012’s, “The Growing Importance of Cloud Access Security Brokers.*” A term that was once met with confused looks when dropped into conversations amongst IT security & compliance professionals is now well-known. The latest validation that this market has hit the mainstream is the publication of the “Market Guide for Cloud Access Security Brokers,**” by analysts Craig Lawson, Neil MacDonald, and Brian Lowans.

According to the Market Guide, CASB is a “required platform for organizations using cloud services, and security leaders should use this research to shortlist CASB providers,” and find they, “address gaps in security resulting from the significant increases in cloud service and mobile usage.”

It’s no wonder the CASB market is growing so quickly - Bitglass’ Cloud Adoption Report from earlier this year found that 48% of organizations are using a cloud-based productivity and email suite, most notably Google Apps or Microsoft Office 365. IT leaders are turning to CASBs because they need a comprehensive solution that provides visibility and control across all devices. Adoption is so fast that Gartner has predicted that, “by 2020, 85% of large enterprises will use a Cloud Access Security Broker product for their cloud services which is up from fewer than 5% today.”

At Bitglass, we offer the only complete CASB solution, helping organizations secure data stored in the public cloud with API, forward- and reverse-proxy modes for comprehensive protection across all cloud app operating modes. This architecture delivers unmatched functionality, including patented full-strength, searchable cloud encryption, agentless mobile data protection, contextual access control, file level encryption and tracking, and more. The technology is in use across hundreds of organizations in every major vertical.

Download the full Gartner Market Guide, compliments of Bitglass, here.


*The Growing Importance of Cloud Access Security Brokers by Neil MacDonald and Peter Firstbrook, May 20, 2012

**Market Guide for Cloud Access Security Brokers by Craig Lawson, Neil MacDonald, and Brian Lowans, October 22, 2015.

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