In our conversations with prospects, we’ve started emphasizing the idea of differentiating between cloud app instances in cloud access security broker (CASB) tools, but not enough in my opinion. As a reminder, differentiating between cloud app instances means you (or more importantly, your cloud security tools) can tell whether an instance of an app is the corporate-sanctioned or someone’s personal instance.
When it comes to governing and securing cloud services, organizations are maturing and realizing how important it is to differentiate between cloud app instances. Some pundits say “Sanction one app and block the rest at your perimeter.” That sounds beautifully simple if you don’t think about it. But if you DO think about it, the conclusion you’ll come to is that the corporate and personal versions of Box, Dropbox, Google Apps, Evernote, and so on – basically any app that has a personal and corporate version – are not created equal and not used equally. Why on earth would you want to set a one-size-fits-all policy (especially one that is a binary “allow” or “block,” which, by the way, is so yesteryear) on an app like that?
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