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Securing Office 365 with a Cloud Access Security Broker

By Chantelle Patel | June 28, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Office 365 is rapidly becoming the go-to solution for many organizations as they migrate to the cloud. With the implementation of new cloud programs come concerns around data protection and compliance.

Our VP of Products, Rich Campagna recently hosted a packed session at Gartner’s Security and Risk Management Summit that focused on real world case studies of how major organizations are using CASBs to safely adopt Office 365.

Cloud Access Security Brokers are a broad set of technologies that not only apply to Office 365, but you name it in terms of public SaaS applications,” Rich explained. “The idea behind the Cloud Access Security Broker is to close the security and compliance gaps that those public cloud apps leave.”

Our research shows that over the last 14 months, the presence of Office 365 has tripled, going from 7% in 2014 to 25% in 2015. This shift is due, in part, to a need and want for applications that wasn’t being met by organizations' IT departments. In response people began using unsanctioned cloud apps across organizations, opening up the door to shadow IT. The problem then becomes balancing the user’s needs and the enterprise’s needs for security and compliance.

Rich gave an example of his credentials being used to log into one program on one side of the country and completely separate program from the other side. While neither program is related to the other, “the strengths that the CASB can bring is seeing across those transactions and doing something like recognizing that one of these is suspicious so let’s step this user up to multi-factor authentication before we allow them access to any more data.”

Watch the full session below: