What is a cloud access security broker and why do I need one?

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According to analysts from Gartner and elsewhere, every enterprise with a significant cloud presence needs a cloud access security broker to protect cloud-based data. CASB products can sit either on-premises or live in the cloud, but they all have the same basic function – providing a secure gateway for data traveling to and from the cloud, particularly with respect to SaaS applications and common cloud storage services like Box or Dropbox.

CASB products provide a variety of security measures, including access control, firewall, identity management, anti-malware, DLP, encryption and threat management.

So, what are the basic use cases for CASB?

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