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Manage shadow IT and securely enable sanctioned IT with unparalleled cloud visibility, threat detection, and policy enforcement. With Skyhigh’s cloud security software, organizations can embrace the business benefits of cloud services.

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Skyhigh supports the entire cloud adoption lifecycle so you can enable cloud services that drive innovation and growth in the business without compromising security, compliance, or governance.

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The Cloud Security Challenge

As enterprises race to migrate to the cloud, cloud security has become more important than ever.

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The cloud is having a measurable impact on business. According to a Vanson Bourne study, companies taking advantage of cloud services experienced a 15% reduction in IT spending, a 21% reduction in time to market, and an 18% increase in employee productivity. However, sensitive data in the cloud is now a target for cyber criminals, and cloud services can be used in a cyber attack as a vector to exfiltrate data. That’s why, according to Gartner, 25% of companies will deploy a cloud security software solution by 2016. That’s up from 1% who had such a solution in 2012. There are two sides to the cloud security challenge: 1) securing employee usage of cloud services they bring into the workplace and 2) securing the usage of cloud services that are sanctioned by the company.

When employees bring cloud services to work without the knowledge of the IT department, they create a parallel technology stack unknown to the company called “shadow IT”. As a result, IT teams often underestimate the scope of cloud usage by a factor of ten, and cannot enforce corporate security policies or identify and respond to security incidents. On the other side of the cloud dilemma, IT organizations require additional controls to extend corporate security policies to sanctioned cloud services procured by IT. Specifically, they need to protect data from breaches and blind subpoenas, comply with regulatory requirements, enforce governance policies, and detect compromised accounts and insider threats.

Shadow IT

  • IT lacks visibility into the cloud services individual employees bring into the corporate environment and their associated risk

  • Employees upload corporate data to high-risk cloud services that lack security controls, have onerous terms and conditions, or a recent breach

  • Cloud services that provide business value are also increasingly used by malware as a vector of data exfiltration

  • The use of shadow IT reveals which cloud service categories are in greatest demand across the organization, informing decisions on what to enable

Sanctioned IT

  • An employee or attacker may use a cloud service in malicious ways, and IT needs ways to detect and stop insider threats and compromised accounts

  • Given the sensitivity of some corporate data, organizations need to ensure that only the right people have access certain data via specific devices

  • Numerous regulatory requirements must be met for sensitive data including PCI DSS, HIPAA and HITECH, FISMA, and GLBA

  • The weakest security link could be third-party applications and business partners with trusted digital connections to your data stored in the cloud

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Skyhigh is a cloud access security broker (CASB) that helps organizations address both sides of the cloud data security challenge – shadow IT and sanctioned IT. Using Skyhigh, organizations get detailed cloud analytics to discover all cloud services in use including SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. Skyhigh summarizes cloud usage, revealing which cloud services are in greatest demand by employees so IT can invest in those categories to support innovation and growth in the business. The solution provides an objective risk assessment for all cloud services, identifies anomalies indicative of data exfiltration, and quantifies overall risk to benchmark with peers.

As sensitive data moves to the cloud, IT needs to enforce corporate security policies to protect sensitive data. Skyhigh’s Cloud Security Platform supports a wide range of policy enforcement options, including coarse and granular access control, cloud encryption and tokenization, activity monitoring, and cloud data loss prevention. Integration and closed loop remediation with your existing firewalls and proxies, encryption key management, and data loss prevention software solutions enables you to extend your existing workflow and policies to data in the cloud to meet cloud governance and cloud compliance requirements. By meeting these requirements for sensitive data, you can embrace shadow IT and sanctioned IT usage and securely enable cloud services for all business units.

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