One of the key benefits of cloud collaboration platforms such as Google Apps is users’ ability to easily add applications, CloudLock says, and many of these applications ask to be granted access to information and capabilities such as documents, email and contacts.
While these permissions might be legitimate to ensure the applications’ expected behavior, it’s important for organizations to have visibility into what applications domain users are leveraging and to ensure that these permissions are not overly intrusive.
“Companies moving to cloud collaboration suites like Google Apps, aren’t just moving their data, they're also fundamentally changing how third-party apps gain access to that data,” Gil Zimmermann, CEO and co-founder of CloudLock, said in a statement. “The shift to the cloud creates a new, virtual security perimeter that includes apps that read from and write to domain data, as well as the vendors behind them.”
CloudLock Apps Firewall helps enterprises extend their security practices to include applications that have been granted access to their Google Apps domain, discovering all applications and showing the scope of permissions and access available to each.
Companies using Google Apps can now use CloudLock Apps Firewall to balance the productivity gains from these applications with keeping corporate data safe, CloudLock said.