Security is Shifting to a Unified Cloud Edge

By on Oct 02, 2019

More than 95% of companies today use cloud services, and 83% store sensitive data in the cloud. This data is traveling via a larger and more diverse group of devices than ever before, to and from an ever-growing list of cloud services. More importantly, it is moving in ways you may not be able to see, may have no control over, and may not have even authorized.

Even today, many businesses don’t realize the extent of their cloud usage—the average organization thinks they use about 30 cloud services, but in reality, they use nearly 2,000. And those cloud services are hosting an ever-increasing amount of sensitive data—according to our 2019 Cloud Adoption and Risk Report, the number of files with sensitive data shared in the cloud has increased 53% year over year.

In an attempt to regain visibility and control, cybersecurity teams have attempted to stitch together a variety of data protection solutions, each with their own proprietary engine, policies and management platform. As a result, only 30 percent of companies can protect data with the same policies on their devices, network and cloud—and only 36% can enforce data loss prevention rules in the cloud at all. The fact that more than 80% of organizations have separate management controls for DLP and CASB deployments further increases complexity and lowers security efficacy.

With the cloud increasingly the epicenter of business operations, our security strategies must be able to secure not just our network, but every place our employees and our data go—whether it’s a corporate device at headquarters, an unmanaged smartphone on a foreign telecommunications network, or even an authorized user at home working from a personal laptop. And they must be able to do so simply.

To meet this challenge head on, McAfee has introduced Unified Cloud Edge, an industry-first initiative converging the capabilities of its award-winning McAfee MVISION Cloud, McAfee Web Gateway and McAfee Data Loss Prevention offerings within the MVISION ePO platform for a truly frictionless IT environment.

Simplified architecture for Unified Cloud Edge

Figure 1: Simplified architecture for Unified Cloud Edge

“The convergence of security solutions that traditionally have functioned independently will improve an organization’s security posture by creating security defenses that work cohesively to defend against attacks,” Rob Westervelt, research director at IDC, said. “But even more importantly, this convergence will help ease the burden of managing security and compliance across hybrid and multi-cloud environments, which is one of the most significant challenges enterprises face today.”

Converging these technologies into a cloud-native platform offers simplicity in policy management, centralized incident management and reporting, and a combined set of application programming interface (API) and proxy-based controls to secure users, devices and data everywhere. Instead of replicating the work of implementing DLP across multiple environments, admins can use one set of content rules across endpoints, networks and cloud services. They can investigate security events, run reports from a single repository and enable a consistent user experience.

The result? Complete visibility and consistent controls over data from device to cloud, and an unrivaled level of simplicity and security.

To learn more about McAfee’s vision for a frictionless IT environment, check out the McAfee Unified Cloud Edge Tech Preview.

About the Author

Daniel Flaherty

Daniel Flaherty is a member of the product team for McAfee MVISION Cloud, our Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) solution, focused on developing educational and product-related content. He has been with McAfee since 2010.

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