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Critical CASB Requirements in Manufacturing

Cloud applications pose several unique challenges in manufacturing enterprises.  The following are the critical requirements that a CASB must support for such enterprises.

1. Zero-Day Security for Managed Applications: Enterprise applications such as Office 365 must be restricted to managed devices when accessed via thick clients.  On unmanaged devices, DLP and access controls must be enforced, particularly for applications such as Office 365 and WorkDay, where employees require access at home and on the go. First-Gen CASBs use app signatures to identify app URLs, and cannot keep up with new apps or changes in apps. A Next-Gen CASB with AJAX-VM technology can automatically control any application, and dynamically keep up with changes in app URLs.

2. Zero-Day Security for BYOD: Security and compliance on BYOD is a difficult problem in manufacturing environments where it is common for contract employees to have multiple affiliations, making the deployment of MDM impossible.  Furthermore, in global organizations, many countries require labor unions to sign off on the invasion of privacy resulting from agent-based CASB or MDM, further complicating matters.  First-Gen CASBs partner with MDM solutions, rendering deployment impossible.  A Next-Gen CASB includes agentless mobile security solutions that are easy to deploy.

3. Zero-Day Threat Protection: Cloud based file-sharing is a new path for the spread of malware. Files can be shared by external parties, or uploaded by users on unmanaged devices.  In either case, Zero-Day Threat protection is required for stopping these threats before they spread into the enterprise.  Next-Gen CASBs include such Advanced Threat Protection as an inherent part of the archtecture.