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How to Select a CASB According to Gartner

By Will Houcheime | November 20, 2018 at 4:30 AM

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When companies migrate to the cloud, protecting data becomes more essential than ever. So, adopting the right cloud access security broker (CASB) is an absolute must for any organization that wants to ensure complete cybersecurity in this new environment. Fortunately, Gartner’s latest research ranks thirteen competing CASB vendors on four key sets of capabilities.

Cloud-first initiatives

Gartner defines this as “Monitor sensitive data flows and conduct continuous risk assessments. Illuminate shadow IT and recommend appropriate controls.” For this set of criteria, Bitglass was ranked second. We believe this is because we prioritize visibility wherever data goes. Through machine learning, our Zero-Day Shadow IT Discovery detects and evaluates new, unsanctioned applications on the fly – competitors still rely upon static lists of predefined apps.

Consistent cloud security policies

In this category, Bitglass came in first place. We are confident we ranked first because Bitglass is a single pane of glass that allows you to apply one set of granular security policies across all of your cloud-based tools. We govern data access by a number of factors, including geographic location and user job junction. Our comprehensive activity logs monitor user and file activity across all applications. Bitglass is a one-stop shop for securing data across all of your cloud-based tools.

Secure and user-friendly mobility

 For secure and user-friendly mobility, Bitglass ranked first. We believe this is because we are the only truly agentless CASB. We can secure any device without software installations, preserving employee privacy and device functionality. Using our reverse and ActiveSync proxies, we provide comprehensive, pain-free security for organizations that allow employees to work from their personal devices.

Governance for highly regulated industries

Bitglass services companies in a variety of highly regulated industries, including healthcare and financial services. Time and again, we have helped our customers to reach compliance with regulations like HIPAA, PCI DSS, and GDPR, through capabilities like data loss prevention (DLP), encryption, and more.

At Bitglass, we dedicate ourselves to data protection, threat protection, identity management, and complete visibility. We believe these four areas are key for securing data on any application and on any device. Our solution gives enterprises complete visibility and control wherever their data goes.

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Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Gartner Critical Capabilities for Cloud Access Security Brokers, Steve Riley, Craig Lawson, 31 October 2018.