Device Restriction Policy for Better Cloud Security

Debasish Pramanik | November 2nd, 2017 | Cloud Security

Cloud Computing Harnessing Data Leakages

In this generation of innovation and technology, cloud computing has undoubtedly emerged as the in-trend boon for small to big organizations as they are able to extend their services to global audiences and their reach has been maximized with the efficient mobility of data and proportional control over the workflow even remotely over the cloud. This is a paradigm shift from the original structure for people who were involved with data mining operations for organizations to strategize their marketing plans and realize their business objectives of maximizing profits and achieving greater scalability in an open and diversified global market. But this data reaching the right hands and to the people with right intents is the key to unlock the potential global opportunities, which can otherwise be at the disposal of unlawful and unauthorized hands, who tend to play mischief with significant organizational data, and who even intend to sell confidential data for short term gains unethically. The ease of access from anywhere, anytime and any device, has given rise to the need for device restriction, geography and time restriction solutions.

Device Restriction Policy – Practicing Cloud Security

The Device Restriction Policy for devices connected to the Cloud is the safest safeguard to keep a tight control on such malicious operations while working with these cloud security services. It is a common question that whether such restriction can be implemented through the teams working on Cloud for organizations. The answer probably is ‘affirmative.’ Is it possible to implement a stringent device restriction policy and configure all the devices connected to your organizations’ cloud network with a single device restriction policy? It can indeed restrict user access to configured-only devices of the end-users, who are already configured and aligned with the network policies; thereby, restricting data access to authorized transactions only.

Bridging the Gap

CloudCodes CASB solutions bridge these security gaps by working as connecting links between enterprises prone to data leaks and cloud services that give birth to such threats due to flexible device usage and access to any number of devices, be it laptops, tablets, mobile devices etc. Employing CASB solutions will help organizations undertake their take strongly on data security. With Access Control feature of CloudCodes CASB, granular control is exercised thereby averting any data leaks, which can happen otherwise when no such device block is there. Device Restriction is a part of CloudCodes Access Control feature.

Restricting Access to Secure Enterprise Data

The corporate culture today in the cloud ecosystem has paved way for so much flexibility that it has given entry to innumerable devices inside the working system of any organizations, big or small. To ease their work, employees seem to access organizational data on their mobile devices, their personal laptops, and tablets that they carry to their workplaces and what not. In light of so much free access, it is but obvious that data is exposed to a number of malicious hands as well. It does not sound possible to block all these devices unanimously, which would only complicate the matter and reduce work productivity a great deal as many employees work on the go, while they are mobile. Also, it is impossible to keep allowing such free access. So a great way to fight this battle is to restrict the access to data, which can be very well done by executing device restriction.

Modus Operandi to Preserve Sensitive Information

Exercising Device Restriction would work on the formula of device block and device authorization, which restricts any user to access data on a particular device from where he can login and not on multiple devices. This would help curtail data leaks to a great degree. CloudCodes Device Restriction is a Security Control protocol, wherein, the IT restricts access of a particular user to a specific device (laptop/desktop) based on the device MAC ID. This includes the following:

  1. Restrict users to one or more Laptop/Desktop
  2. Windows and Mac OS support
  3. Self Service Roll Out
  4. Admin approval of the devices for easy deployment