Despite the massive international push for cloud adoption, a distressing number of corporations have not deployed the proper means to securing critical data. Traditional firewalls may have sufficed in the traditional on-prem setting, but with businesses adopting BYOD (bring your own device) for on-premises use and the emerging trend of telecommuting for employees that work remotely, the need for a borderless solution has become increasingly vital. This day in age, enterprises that solely rely on traditional firewall solutions are waging a bet and the odds are stacked against them. The consequence of relying on archaic security systems range from IT oversight limitations and massive data leaks.
The move for data beyond corporate perimeters has transformed the way organizations conduct their business. All organizations can benefit from the accessibility to critical data that enables them to conduct more efficient business practices. Sensitive information should only be accessed in approved regions by the right individuals. Cloud based applications and systems enable flexibility to IT personnel and enhance the collaborative efforts of organizations through the global free flow of data. However, the convenience and accessibility that cloud adoption provides serves as a double-edged sword because unless the free flowing data is properly secured – it is susceptible to cyber attacks.
Take for instance individuals that work in financial services that receive sensitive information pertaining to clients and such. In order to ensure the client’s privacy and adhere to security compliancies, organizations must ensure to have the proper security measures in place that grant users’ access according to contextual conditions. Such that, employees are able to retrieve the necessary information to conduct their business without breaking any compliance regulations. Organizations can ensure client privacy and uphold regional data regulations with Bitglass’ patented regional data sequestration capabilities. This solution provides end to end security for any device and it does not require the use of agents. When sensitive information is uploaded to the cloud, it is encrypted and labeled with zone information for accessing rights according to regional limitations. Meaning that it will only be viewable to individuals that meet the contextual and regional stipulations.
Keep in mind that threat actors can infiltrate systems and do their damage in a number of ways, costing breached systems hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees, penalties, and remediation costs. Additionally, when data is breached internationally it causes a whole slough of ramifications. Data sovereignty and compliances exists to protect sensitive information that is vital to nation states and markets. As such, apart from financial and reputable setbacks, international data leaks can lead to geo-political and relational friction amongst nations.
For a more in depth look at how organizations can deploy stateful access controls, download our Regional Data Sequestration overview.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Bitglass Blog authored by Juan Lugo. Read the original post at: https://www.bitglass.com/blog/securing-data-beyond-the-corporate-walls