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Zscaler Dives Into Cloud App Data Loss Prevention With New Innovations

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Zscaler has unveiled innovations that secure data across all cloud apps for data in motion, data at rest, and bring your own device (BYOD) assets, the cloud security company announced in a prepared statement.

The new advancements accelerate protection programs from months to hours with zero configuration for data loss prevention (DLP), the company said. Consequently, they mitigate security risks by unifying data protection across all channels, simplifying operations by automating workflows.

The Data Protection Imperative

Zscaler references its 2022 Data Loss Report from its ThreatLabz research team, which found that 36% of cloud application data is accessible via the open internet. Analysis of nearly six billion data loss policy violations revealed that organizations experience an average of 10,000 potential data loss events daily resulting in losses greater than $4.35 million, Zscaler reports.

Moinul Khan, Zscaler’s vice president general manager of Data Protection, explained the inspiration behind the company’s innovations:

“Building on eight years of data protection innovations, Zscaler has employed advanced auto-classification capabilities to accelerate setup and reduce security team overhead and costs. Unlike other data protection solutions, this ensures that Zscaler Data Protection works for the IT administrator, rather than having the IT administrator work for it.

"In addition, the technology we acquired from the recently announced ShiftRight acquisition allows organizations to manage hundreds of potential risks and incidents in a simple yet very sophisticated way to reduce case resolution time significantly.”

Zscaler asserts that security service edge (SSE) reinforces the market’s need for unified data protection as part of a larger, purpose-built security platform. These advancements to Zscaler’s Zero Trust Exchange empower security teams with:

  • Expedited Deployment Cycles with Zero Configuration DLP. Utilizing the scale of the world’s largest security cloud that processes 170 million files per day, the new zero configuration DLP capabilities auto classify all organizational data, thereby accelerating the deployment of data protection programs.
  • Mitigated Security Risks by Unifying Data Protection Across all Channels. The addition of endpoint and email data protection capabilities adds to the existing support of web, SaaS, IaaS, PaaS and private apps. This removes the need for point products, decreasing security risks and management complexity by unifying policies across channels.
  • Simplified Operations through Automated Workflows. Advanced closed-loop incident management delivers actionable insights and automates workflows to respond to potential security risks in a timely and effective manner.

Zscaler Partners With CrowdStrike

Zscaler recently unveiled security detection capabilities available through its Zero Trust Exchange cloud security platform and the CrowdStrike extended detection and response (XDR) platform.

The security capabilities build on Zscaler’s partnership with CrowdStrike and give the businesses’ joint customers closed-loop threat analytics, detection and response workflows across their endpoints, networks and applications. They help these customers correlate security data from multiple sources to identify new indicators of compromise (IoCs) and suspicious signals that show cyberattacks may be underway.

In addition, Zscaler has synchronized its policy engine with CrowdStrike Falcon Fusion security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) workflows. This enables Zscaler and CrowdStrike customers to trigger direct response actions from threat detections.

Zscaler’s Summit Partner Program lets MSSPs and other channel partners integrate Zero Trust Exchange into their offerings.

Jim Masters

Jim Masters is Managing Editor of MSSP Alert, and holds a B.A. degree in Journalism from Northern Illinois University. His career has spanned governmental and investigative reporting for daily newspapers in the Northwest Indiana Region and 16 years in a global internal communications role for a Fortune 500 professional services company. Additionally, he is co-owner of the Lake County Corn Dogs minor league baseball franchise, located in Crown Point, Indiana. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and recording his own music, oil painting, biking, volleyball, golf and cheering on the Corn Dogs.