Third Party App Restrictions for Better Cloud Security

Pallavi Varanasi Cloud Security Expert - CloudCodes Software
  • July 15th, 2020

Data Security Lapses in Cloud

Cloud users are always enticed by the idea of using third party apps with their official Google accounts, not recognizing the potential threats that this can pose to the confidential organizational data. Knowingly or unknowingly, employees in any organization open 3rd party apps, sometimes with good intent, i.e., to be more productive in work, but still, this could cause lapses in the data security systems as not all have a clear intent. At the same time, they access such third-party apps as we can also never rule out the intrusion of outside malicious attempts, and even the havoc can be caused by some insider attack too. So, all-in-all, free access to third-party apps means an actual alteration from sturdy cloud security protocols and comes against enterprise security policies. Thus, third party app restrictions become necessary for organizations working on the cloud to understand and restrict access to such third-party apps, which might lead to data thefts by stealing confidential data exposed either knowingly or unknowingly.

Third Party App Restrictions For Data Security

CloudCodes for Business entails an all-encompassing approach. Its Access Control module correctly works on addressing any such threats to data security breaches. The Access Control module with third party app restriction feature has a provision to restrict such third-party apps, mostly the unsanctioned apps. It helps to ensure that cloud users do not sign in to any such potentially dangerous third-party apps. 

This Access Control third party app restrictions policy also holds when a user logs into the cloud for the first time and is prompted to “Sign in with Google” by any third-party app. Then, CloudCodes CASB solution is thoroughly capable of discouraging and restricting any such potentially harmful sign-in attempts using official Google accounts.

CloudCodes CASB Solutions For Third Party App Restrictions

Stringent cloud security sanctions only one particular app and blocks all other apps as organizational security strategy is not a very helpful protocol when we talk of real-world cloud work scenarios in today’s era. It is because the office staff might need to collaborate and communicate with business partners, vendors, suppliers, and customers, so they might need to test and use some innovative third party cloud apps. IT admin really can’t administer all these cloud apps. Creating any stringent exception might lead to the inappropriate use of worse apps than those blocked by the admin. The office staff starts using some personal forms or corporate forms of the apps that are blocked, which is even more dangerous for the company’s data health. So, blocking all these apps might not be the solution, and this is where Cloud Access Security Brokers pitch in. CloudCodes CASB solution ensures better enterprise security via much better Access Control through this third-party access restriction feature.

CloudCodes For Business Solution

Apart from this, it’s also possible for an admin to enforce access restriction policies to restrict the users from accessing these 3rd-party apps, via official Google Apps Login. It can be done by putting the blocks proactively to prevent access, creating a whitelist of sanctioned third-party cloud apps, and reporting the admin about any inappropriate access attempts. Third-party app restrictions feature of CloudCodes for Business is highly efficient for organizations that are seeking to check any such wrong access attempts for restricted/unsanctioned third-party apps.

 

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