Within hours of the Times Square ball drop, the spirits of tens of thousands of men and women working within the cloud security industry sunk even lower than the bone-chilling temperatures: a new cybersecurity threat had presented itself, affecting nearly all of the world’s billions and billions of microprocessors.
Happy, or Was That Harrowing, New Year?
While no specific data breach occurred, the chip vulnerability means that, without at least the most basic security software updates and plain vigilance 101, hackers have unwittingly gained another access point to corporate and personal information – information that is increasingly stored in the cloud. In the wake of 2017’s host of data breaches – WannaCry, Equifax, Bad Rabbit – this was the last development the data security world needed to kick-start 2018.
Against this sobering 2018 backdrop, it was perhaps fortuitous timing that technology research firm Gartner, recognized a Kelly Communications Systems partner, Netskope, as a leader in Gartner’s inaugural Magic Quadrant for Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB). An innovator in cloud security, Netskope utilizes a patented cloud-scale security platform providing a context-aware governance of all cloud usage within organizations that adopt it.
Underscoring the Importance of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant
Called the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Access Security Brokers by its full name, “magic quadrant” refers to a four-sector mapping scheme where the best qualities in security firm are recorded in the upper right quadrant compared to competitors. The report evaluated 11 vendors on 15 key criteria. Netskope shared the coveted spot with Skyhigh Networks and Symantec.
The Netskope platform provides businesses with the ability to monitor and control, in real-time, all cloud services. That includes actions permitted by the enterprise or not permitted, as well as from managed and unmanaged devices. The company’s cloud-scale security platform provides context-aware review of all cloud usage whether accessed from the corporate network, remotely, or from a mobile app or sync client. Equipped with this technology security professionals can understand dangerous activities, protect sensitive data, prevent (or stop) online threats, and respond to incidents in a timely and efficient manner.
Published late in 2017, the Gartner report rightly refers to CASBs as an “essential element of any cloud security strategy, helping organizations govern the use of cloud and protect sensitive data in the cloud.” Netskope was cited for their shadow IT discovery process which includes a guided remediation procedure. In addition, Netskope’s Cloud Confidence Index risk database is comprehensive, with 44 criteria that include details about pricing, business risk and GDPR readiness across thousands of cloud services.
Cloud Security For 2018
Unfortunately, despite the many data breaches that occurred in 2017, 87 percent of small businesses don’t even think they’re at risk for cybersecurity attacks. It’s important we do our part in 2018 – raising awareness that data hacks will only become more sophisticated in the year – and years – to come. A recent New York Times article described the current cybersecurity landscape as akin to the accounting industry pre-Enron – lacking federal oversight.
While that contention is up for debate, Kelly Communications Systems will continue doing its part protecting corporate America’s data from the threats that emerge. With partners like Netskope leading the way, there’s plenty of time left to turn a harrowing start to 2018 into a happy one.
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