Glass Class – Why Integration Matters for Cloud Security
Hello, my name is Ben Rice. I'm Vice President of Business Development at Bitglass. Welcome to another episode of Glass Class. Today we're going to be talking about cloud integration and why that matters – specifically how security has a role to play in this new world of cloud applications talking to each other. In today's world, we adopt applications very quickly. Cloud applications are so beneficial because they allow users that have a web browser or a mobile phone to begin working immediately. There are some great upsides to this kind of work style. Mobile workers, remote workers, working from home, working on the road: these are all the options that are available to our modern workers. The challenges come in trying to secure data as it's moving outside the perimeter that we once controlled. Now users are interacting on devices with applications, and applications are interacting with each other because of these integrations. The integrations are things like being able to open up a Dropbox file within Zoom, or being able to instrument a command within Slack to another application. These are all huge productivity benefits. They increase efficiency, but they create security risks. What we're going to talk about today is how you can mitigate those security risks while still maintaining the productive and efficient work environment with your cloud applications. If we look at the way that the cloud applications work today, we can imagine that inside here we have Office 365, Dropbox and Zoom; applications that we use to get our daily business done. But, there are interactions between these. If you actually imagine these as separate clouds and you imagine interaction happening between them, this interaction is happening outside anything that's happening inside of IT, outside of any human control. A lot of these interactions here are API to API and that means that the application developers of these various applications have figured out ways to talk to each other. This helps information get loaded automatically into Salesforce and helps files automatically get inventoried within a file store. The challenge is knowing where this data is going and being able to secure it. The way to do that is to bring in a CASB like Bitglass. Bitglass is unique in the market today; we're a next generation CASB. Part of what that means is we can handle out of band interactions, like API with our API mode CASB. For interactions that are happening directly from the cloud, our reverse proxy sits right in front of the applications. The users are down here, and as they send their traffic through us to their cloud application, we're able to scan it, make sure that there isn't any sensitive data being uploaded or downloaded, and make sure that malware is not being inserted into the stream. This aspect of security is extremely important. The more cloud applications you adopt, the more cloud integrations you'll see. As your developers and your users at your company adopt these, they'll want to get the full richness of the applications, which includes interaction with other external applications. It will be essential for you to secure the data that flows between these applications with a CASB.
Thank you for joining us on this episode of Glass Class.