by Fuel HQ
Think that company data stored in the cloud and in software-as-a-service platforms can't be secured by your firewall? Think again.
This week, Palo Alto Networks announced the launch of the newest addition to its cloud security toolkit, security-as-a-service feature Aperture, which integrates with the Palo Alto Networks WildFire™ cloud-based malware prevention offering and allows IT teams to enable and strenghten security for sanctioned SaaS applications.
With Aperture, security teams will be able to control how data is shared through programs such as Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Salesforce, cloud applications where sensitive data often faces unique security risks.
"Until now, this combination of visibility, analysis, and contextual control of SaaS applications hasn’t existed and it forced many organizations to shoulder the risks associated with sanctioning the use of SaaS applications," said Lee Klarich, senior vice president of product management at Palo Alto Networks. "Now, the granular control provided by Aperture, along with malware protection through WildFire, can help organizations enjoy the productivity benefits of sanctioned SaaS applications while reducing the risk of data exposure and cyberthreats compromising their networks.”
Key features of Aperture include:
- Complete visibility across all user, folder and file activity – Helps organizations transition from a position of speculation to one of knowing what is happening at any given point in time.
- Retroactive analysis and control of data and threat exposure – Enforcement dating back to the creation of the SaaS account itself.
- Deep content inspection and usage analytics – Quickly classify data and determine if there are any data risks or compliance-related policy violations.
- Granular, context-aware policy control – Drive the enforcement and quarantine of folders and data as soon as a violation occurs.
- Advanced threat protection – Block known malware, and identify and block unknown malware.
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