DLP in the Cloud: Why You Need a CASB for Cloud DLP

As data loss prevention (DLP) solutions and technologies experience widespread adoption across the cybersecurity community, DLP discussion has since expanded to include a new element: cloud DLP. Because cloud storage has become a standard for both tech consumers and platforms, cybersecurity firms like Symantec and Forcepoint have led the way to integrating cloud into their DLP solutions and strategies.

With cloud access security broker (CASB) solutions, organizations can take advantages of these new advances in cloud DLP solutions. CASBs, while totally independent from DLP software, integrate easily with on and off-site DLP solutions and act as a control point between users, accessible cloud services, and the data stored in the cloud.

When organizations migrate to the cloud, they may experience a loss of control over how, when, and by whom data is accessed. Digital advances in the workplace, like “bring your own device” (BYOD), make it difficult to determine how cloud data should be secured. Traditional DLP solutions are limited in their ability to protect data on devices they cannot manage, and struggle to provide protection beyond the organization’s network. However, with CASBs, organizations can take advantage of cloud DLP solutions that provide real time data protection, access management, and similar attractive features.

A CASB is your first step to adopting cloud DLP for your organizations. Here are the two main reasons to consider a CASB as part of your DLP strategy:

Reason 1: Your Cloud Could Be Your Blindspot

Cloud storage has become popular with tech consumers and platforms across industries. As the cloud becomes the standard in tech consumer and providers, enterprise assets become even more at risk from malware attacks designed specifically for cloud platforms. Organizations hoping to leverage the benefits of cloud storage should absolutely consider adopting a cloud-based CASB solution to manage access users and data.

Cloud storage can provide significant “blind spots” for IT departments looking to execute comprehensive DLP coverage. Unauthorized users and devices, poor configuration, and even ill-defined access management are just a few weak spots for attackers to take advantage of.

Reason 2: CASBs and DLP solutions depend on each other

As malware attacks continue to shapeshift, so must the cybersecurity industry’s response. Organizations can no longer assume that the standard “network to endpoint” workflow is enough for comprehensive DLP coverage.

It’s common for typical data loss prevention solutions to fall short on cloud coverage, and vice versa. CASB solutions are not equipped to provide the comprehensive coverage of a DLP solution. Though both may overlap with features, it’s impossible to get complete coverage with just one solution or the other. If you’re looking for complete DLP coverage, you’ll need to utilize both solutions and likely integrate them together.

Luckily, integrating leading DLP and CASB tools has become the industry standard. Popular solutions, like Symantec DLP, have since developed and integrated their own CASB solutions. With Symantec Cloud SOC, organizations can further ensure that cybersecurity strategy and policy can extend to cloud accounts at risk to exposure or attack.

Integrate CASB into your existing DLP solution

DLP solutions are only becoming more popular and, with them, so are the benefits of cloud-based CASB solutions. As organizations across all industries integrate cloud services into their infrastructure, they can ensure total data loss prevention by understanding and configuring how their business data is secured in the cloud. An equipped CASB solution, like Symantec’s Cloud SOC or Forcepoint CASB, should integrate easily into your DLP solution to provide the protection your data - and your business - needs.


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