Ask just about any industry analyst and you will hear the same thing—enterprises with a significant cloud presence need a cloud access security broker (CASB) to protect their cloud-based data. But not all CASB offerings are the same. Organizations must be careful to select a CASB solution that fits in today’s ever-changing cloud-based world.
The adoption of software as a service (SaaS) applications has fundamentally changed the way employees do their jobs and accomplish their corporate goals. And it doesn’t seem like SaaS adoption is going to slow down any time soon. According to recent estimates, the global SaaS market size is projected to reach $307.3 billion by 2026, up from $158.2 billion in 2020.
SaaS solutions are quite easy to adopt and use, and can be readily available to employees around the globe. However, as these tools have been quickly adopted, the risks have increased. It's impossible to train every employee to consistently use security best practices with their SaaS applications, and lapses can lead to costly mistakes for the organization.
The traditional approach to solve this is to add a CASB as a separate overlay to report on SaaS usage and provide some level of control. Unfortunately, this is usually independent of the rest of the organization's security offerings and is another separate data protection function that adds unneeded complexity without solving the key challenges of SaaS usage.
With the threat of cyberattacks looming over every piece of internet traffic, organizations can ill afford to trust the security of their data, and potentially their entire network, to an unproven solution that doesn’t fit with the most widely recommended security architecture today—secure access service edge (SASE).
Let’s take a look at just some of the struggles with CASB point product overlays:
Organizations have quickly discovered that adding on point products to their legacy infrastructure isn’t the answer to the challenges of today’s cloud- and mobile-first world. Instead of making cloud security easier, most of these add-ons just add cost and complexity. Network, security, and IT leaders realize that a fully integrated solution is the best fit in today’s landscape.
What these industry leaders are looking for, and what thousands of global corporations have already discovered, is the power of the Zscaler CASB and its critical role in the integrated Zscaler Cloud Security Platform. With Zscaler, organizations get:
Your internet traffic is under attack as never before. Don’t believe me? The FBI found that online crimes reported to the Bureau's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) have increased by 400 percent since January 2020. And our Zscaler cloud saw a 30,000 percent increase in phishing, malicious websites, and malware targeting remote users between January and March 2020.
Data is the currency of cybercriminals and it has never been more valuable. You can’t trust your data to an add-on solution that wasn’t built to be deeply integrated with the rest of your organization’s security and data protection. That’s why more than 400 of the Forbes Global 2000 organizations trust their data to Zscaler.
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Chris Morosco is Senior Director of Product Marketing at Zscaler.