CipherCloud has launched a free tool to give businesses visibility into all of the cloud applications in use across the organisation.
According to the company, Cloud Discovery solution allows users to discover, analyse and risk score the different cloud applications being used by employees, including most-used and high-risk based on user access and volume – providing greater visibility and allowing them to take action where necessary.
Paige Leidig, chief marketing officer and senior vice president at CipherCloud, told IT Security Guru that the new product was intended to give the user information on what applications a business was accessing, using and which areas used them.
He said: “This is a free product that you can install on networks or the cloud, take the data and run it through the solution to give you information on the applications you are accessing, determine what is high risk and which departments are using those applications.
“Most applications are not pre-approved by IT and they want visibility on what steps to take, on what to protect and what it is using. “
He explained that this requires a version of Splunk to be used, and the tool does “cloud risk scoring” to give IT an idea of what applications are doing and what is being reported. “We call this crowd-sourced scoring, as we have a large number of users who can improve the score. For new customers, this is a good starting point to understand the data, what is sensitive and how to protect data, do ongoing monitoring of usage.”
The tool does risk scoring on more than 3,000 cloud applications across recognised enterprise categories, such as CRM, collaboration, productivity and more. The Cloud Discovery engine analyses firewall and proxy logs to provide streamlined visibility into all cloud applications in use across the organisation.
“Raising the bar for cloud information protection today requires security to be in lock step with visibility,” said Pravin Kothari, founder and CEO of CipherCloud. “Insight into cloud applications usage helps companies create intelligent data protection and user monitoring strategies. I’m pleased to offer this capability for free to the market.”
Leidig said that the past few years had been a boom for CipherCloud, as well as winning SC Magazine awards both in the US and UK, it had seen growth in every quarter in 2013 and Q1 of 2014 was setting up to be its best quarter ever. It has completed the acquisition of CloudUp and partnered with Deutsche Telekom.