A company known for protecting cloud systems in the age of cybersecurity is touting new security offerings that incorporate more specific functionality, including cloud access security broker (CASB) tools.
Forcepoint is a multinational company with major offices in Toronto. Clients rely on Forcepoint tools and resources that help mitigate the effects of malware and defend networks against hacking attempts.
For instance, the new and evolving practice of ransomware encrypts company files and holds them for financial ransom. Forcepoint's solutions help protect a firm's digital assets from this type of attack and others.
Liem Nguyen, Forcepoint's director of corporate communications, described some of the new services for Toronto Business Daily, explaining how the cloud access security broker technology works.
“You're using some sort of cloud storage,” Nguyen said. “As you create an account -- and as you move files -- the CASB provides protection between your laptop and the cloud storage.”
Another prime service is the ability to track administrative duties digitally so users can note what time some user event took place and who was involved, he said. This type of digital forensics can come in extremely handy in many kinds of threat situations, including the insider threats that are so prevalent in today's business world.
“We've provided that (CASB) feature set with our web security offering,” Nguyen said.
Another key aspect of Forcepoint's offerings contemplates the tricky relationships between humans the technologies they use. Forcepoint cites information from Forrester Research showing that a significant portion of cyberthreats are either “inside jobs” or situations where malicious outsiders have somehow gained access to internal logins or other proprietary information, according to a company press release.
Forcepoint leadership feels addressing the “human side” of information technology will get clients closer toward protecting systems.
"We see the partnership growing between the (chief information officer) and (chief information security officer) to implement solutions that securely enable the business shift to cloud computing while remaining in compliance with data privacy laws such as (General Data Protection Regulation)," Kris Lamb, Forcepoint vice president and general manager of the cloud security business, said in a press statement. "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 behaviors required to protect all users throughout the enterprise."