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The Evolution of Cloud Access Security Brokers

Comprehensive, Integrated, Accurate Protection with Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation CASB

In the years since the cloud access security broker (CASB) was first introduced, enterprise SaaS usage has risen dramatically. Most organizations now rely on the cloud for core business applications housing sensitive corporate data. This usage, coupled with the massive scale of smaller, potentially unsanctioned cloud applications, has made the CASB a critical component of enterprise security strategies. With users more distributed than ever, cloud-based collaboration tools such as Slack, Zoom, Jira, and Confluence have also risen in prominence. Yet the decoupled, layered-on nature with which most organizations approached CASB initially now creates more problems than it solves.

As part of the evolution towards secure access service edge (SASE), security teams must begin considering how CASBs can better integrate with other network security control points to streamline deployment, provide more consistent management, and improve security effectiveness. Palo Alto Networks’ Next-Generation CASB represents an updated approach to cloud access security brokers, designed to align with these changing enterprise needs.