Controlled Digital Transformation & Zero Trust

Over the past few years organizations have accelerated their digital transformation projects and rushed to move their digital businesses and data to the cloud. Amazon Web Services, Google Public Cloud, and Microsoft Azure brought to market very compelling on-demand cloud computing solutions that allow businesses to scale their business and data needs quickly and efficiently, without having to deploy, manage, and maintain servers. However, the move to the cloud hasn’t come without risks to businesses, particularly if the velocity of the move is high. In the race to the cloud, organizations invariably have to rely on third parties, as they likely lack some internal capabilities. 

Unfortunately, most organizations considered the transformation a simple “lift and shift” type project. With the move to the cloud organizations have removed perimeters protecting their sensitive data from outside threats. This means that in the cloud, you or a malicious party can try to access data stores directly if the exact location of the data is known. This amplifies the notion that compromised credentials can do significant damage in this perimeter lacking environment. 

When your data is housed outside of the traditional perimeter, you open up doors to a mountain of cybersecurity challenges that cannot be met by existing cybersecurity practices, especially in how access to data is managed. Security teams need to deploy a "data first" security approach that is aided by Zero Trust fundamentals, and they need a data security posture management (DSPM) solution to be able to do so. 

Safely Transition to On-Demand Cloud Computing Solutions

When acquiring and moving data to on-demand cloud computing platforms, and particularly when utilizing third parties, organizations need to continuously ask themselves five core questions:

  • Where is our data?
  • What type of data do we have?
  • Who has access to the data?
  • How does the data flow through our environment?
  • How and where is our data being used?

The ability to trust and verify each of these questions independently of who is performing the transition is essential to a safe transition. Symmetry Systems DataGuard automatically classifies all of your cloud-hosted data and groups it in a logical fashion. Cloud security teams then can visualize all of your data objects and learn from an end-to-end overview of all your data across your cloud data stores. With this visibility security teams can see precisely where their data is located and what technologies or users can access the data in what way. Data is not lost in transition or translation.

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Zero Trust Enforcement at the Individual and Data Object Level

Symmetry Systems DataGuard allows security teams to safely transition to the cloud and manage their data following Zero Trust principles. With DataGuard security teams can continuously monitor and adjust identity access management (IAM). This way they can make sure that only the right users and technologies have the right access to the right data, and that authentication for those users are in line with Zero Trust requirements. Without clear, immediate, and continuous insights into data access, user permissions, and operations taken against data, security teams leave their doors wide open to data breaches.

DataGuard arms security teams with automated capabilities and alerting mechanisms to find:

  • Improperly off-boarded contractors, vendors, and third-parties, so that they can ensure permissions have been completely removed and cyber risk exposure has been reduced.
  • Derived permissions, to understand how secondary user permissions or toxic permission combinations might increase cyber risk exposure, and take corrective action.
  • Break Glass accounts that unnecessarily increase cyber risk exposure.
  • Overprivileged users, so that they can revise access permissions.
  • Overprivileged vendors, partners, contractors, and third-parties, to ensure that only necessary access permissions have been granted.
  • Dormant accounts with high levels of privilege, which if activated, could have a broad data blast radius.

Learn How DataGuard Can Help

Our customers use DataGuard to develop a complete understanding of:

  • What data they have.
  • Where it is located.
  • Who and what is entitled to it.
  • How it is secured.
  • In what manner it has been accessed.

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