Sunday, 28 May 2017 06:46

Forcepoint adds new capabilities to cloud security apps

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Cyber security firm Forcepoint has added new security capabilities to its cloud security applications aimed at providing protection for business and government employees plus data and IP against ransomware and phishing attacks.

Included in the new offering are cloud app discovery and risk assessment; data loss prevention; security analytics; advanced malware for cloud access security brokers; and a certified cloud service offering that increases compliance with the EU's general data protection regulations.

The company claimed these enhancements would enable customers to fully use the cloud or to use hybrid cloud and on-premises security as part of their business strategy.

The aim is to provide visibility and risk reporting for potential incidents and technology deployed throughout an organisation, including shadow IT — where employees use their own applications without permission — and where data and cloud applications could bring both innovation and risk.

Heidi Shey, a senior analyst for security and risk at Forrester Research, was quoted by Forcepoint as saying: "Internal incidents top the list of breach causes in 2016 (at 41%), and the proportion of those that are malicious is rising.

"Even external attacks ultimately involved attackers targeting and taking advantage of insiders and using user authentication credentials."

“We see the partnership growing between the CIO and CISO to implement solutions that securely enable the business shift to cloud computing while remaining in compliance with data privacy laws such as GDPR,” explained Kris Lamb, vice-president and general manager of the Cloud Security business at Forcepoint.

“By providing more visibility to applications and data on the network regardless of location, Forcepoint is delivering innovation and value that enables security teams to focus on high-risk employee behaviours required to protect all users throughout the enterprise.”

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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