Security being the most important aspect and apprehension involving cloud solutions, CloudBox 99 brings to you six useful scenario based guidelines.
1. Social Media – Allow & Restrict
A large investment firm wants to protect against fund managers talking about their investment strategies on Twitter, as well as prevent any user from posting about the firm. Did they block access to social media? No! They want users to be able to research companies and industries, and social media is a powerful medium to do so. Since the real risk is posting, the company allows social media but blocks the “post” activity.
2. Data Download
Some cloud apps may take a while to remediate vulnerabilities but may be too valuable to the company to block entirely. Rather than block the app, one company blocks the “download” activity if the app is vulnerable and the file being downloaded is an executable.
3. Protecting Classified Data
A company is concerned about classified data being shared outside office premises. The organization has hundreds of apps that enable sharing, such as cloud storage/enterprise file sync and share. Despite the risk, these apps are indispensable for users to get their jobs done. Rather than block the apps, the firm blocks the “share” activity if the recipient is outside their network and domain.
4. SOX Compliance.
One company has developed several finance and accounting apps as part of its cloud strategy but is concerned about Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. The company needs to monitor and limit privileges in those apps that are either a financial system of record or integrate with a system of record. In addition to monitoring all user and administrator activity in those apps, the company prevents “edit” and “delete” activities (those activities that modify results) in finance apps. Only authorized users have control of data edits.
5. Super Sensitive Data
A pharma company has deployed cloud apps for users across the organization to help them be more efficient and collaborative. However, to comply with HIPAA, the company needs to keep personal health information on premise. Rather than block the cloud apps, or even block the “upload” activity, the company blocks the “upload” activity if the content matches its PHI (Private Health Insurance) content profile.
6. Blocking External Apps
An insurance company has a cloud storage app for uses across the company. However, users continue to upload content to external / banned apps, some of which lack important enterprise security, auditability, and business continuity features. The company knows that people need to be able to use those apps to interface with partners or conduct some personal activities while at work. Rather than block the unsanctioned apps, they block the “upload” activity for certain business content across the category, except for the sanctioned app.
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