IBM has released a new tool that gives enterprises visibility into the third-party apps their employees use and boosts organizations access control and data security capabilities for those apps. Called Cloud Security Enforcer, the new tool helps corporate IT manage the increasingly common phenomenon of "bring your own" cloud apps.
A recent IBM survey found that a third of employees are sharing corporate data with third-party cloud computing apps, usually without the company's knowledge. The new tool helps secure those apps so that employees can use them without putting the organization at risk.
“Other vendor technology in the market today manages just the discovery of which cloud apps employees are using,” said Caleb Barlow, vice president of mobile management and security at IBM. “IBM Security Cloud Enforcer goes well beyond just discovery -- it actually gives employees a path for using the third-party cloud apps they want as it centrally manages access via secure log-in credentials. No other company in the cloud access security broker space does this identity management. Previously, companies needed several different technologies to do some of these things. Now, however, they just need one SaaS technology in Cloud Enforcer.”