Hi and welcome to Glass Class. Today we're going to be talking about the evolution of cloud access security brokers, or CASBs for short. Now, CASBs started by giving discovery capabilities to organizations. They would do things like install agents on users' devices so that, through those agents, they could see everything done on that device - and the unsanctioned cloud applications that their employees were using to store corporate data. For sanctioned applications, they would do things like use API integration, or integrate with applications' interfaces, so they could get a better view of what was happening with the data inside of those apps.
Now, from there, the proxies arose. What proxies do is they stand in the middle of traffic, between cloud and device, to give a real-time view of what's happening with data in transit and even data on users' devices. And that's really helpful for things like unmanaged devices where, historically, we haven't had a lot of visibility into what's going on there.
Today what's happening is most CASBs are using a hybrid architecture. That means they use both API integration for visibility and control of data in cloud apps, as well as proxies for real-time visibility and control over data in transit and on users' devices. That really opens up a broad array of capabilities - things like advanced threat protection, or ATP, to help defend your firm against malware.
The arena that CASBs are really pushing into right now is that of artificial intelligence. With AI, CASBs are able to make more automated decisions more quickly and more effectively than ever before. And by integrating machine learning with tools like advanced threat protection (ATP), as I mentioned earlier, or data leakage prevention (DLP), you can make sure that your data is more secure than ever before.
So that's a little bit about the evolution of CASBs. Thank you for watching today's Glass Class.