As organizations turn towards SaaS cloud-based applications to help them grow, there is an increasing need for access control and sensitive data control measures to be taken. However, internal security teams have many different complications to work through in order to maintain compliance and protect sensitive data across enterprise-level organizations.
Third-party SaaS applications are increasingly important for businesses, as they help manage key operations, improve employee collaboration, and help new initiatives start quickly. While these applications provide many benefits to organizations, they also make security management difficult as there are limitations to access controls for internal IT, risk, and security teams.
Adding even more complication to the problem is the increased reliance on non-corporate-owned devices and personal devices. This goes hand-in-hand with the growing hybrid workforce, making it even more difficult to maintain compliance and security standards across an organization. New strategies are needed in order to address these problems.
The Challenges of IT, Security, and Compliance Teams
There’s no question that third-party SaaS applications help businesses grow, compete with competition more effectively, and cover gaps within the workforce. However, they do add challenges to IT, security, and compliance or risk teams' ability to:
- Implement fine-grained user-access privileges
- Prevent sensitive data leakage from personal and non-corporate devices
- Audit access and user functions and sensitive data access
- Leverage network security controls and strong encryption protocols
IT, security, and risk teams struggle to manage the staggering amount of third-party SaaS and internal web applications that organizations are adding to their workplace. SaaS applications are often designed for the most common use cases, making specific access and compliance controls difficult to manage and security hard to maintain across departments and at-home or hybrid employee offices.
Identifying the Need for an Enterprise Browser
Most organizations use consumer browsers like Chrome or Edge to engage with SaaS and web-based applications. However, these browsers were not built with governance in mind and offer no controls over what a user can do inside an application, including printing, taking screenshots, or downloading content.
Clearly, a new approach is needed in order to provide security to modern businesses with cloud-based SaaS applications, hybrid work environments, and non-corporate devices. ESG has identified a new, disruptive approach to securing and managing user and data access—an enterprise browser.
What is the Island Enterprise Browser?
Island is a security-enabled and compliance-focused web browser. It uses the same capabilities and user experience that you would find in Chrome or Edge, but ensures that organizations have control over how users interact with information and provides core security controls for IT, risk, compliance, and security teams.
Island enterprise browser provides:
- Sensitive data protection
- Safe browsing
- Device posture assessment
- Forensics and audit capabilities
- Multi-tenancy control
- Centralized management
- Browser-based robotic process automation
To learn more about the need for an enterprise browser and the capabilities that are provided by Island, read the whitepaper from ESG and discover the bigger truth about modern security and governance in enterprise-level organizations. Click here to see the report.