Bitglass, the total cloud security company, has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 10,757,090 for its fundamental invention of the SAML relay, for transparent, real-time access control of cloud services. Since the time the patent was filed in 2015, the technology has become widely adopted by leading cloud security vendors. The SAML relay allows for a security broker or proxy (aka CASB) to be transparently inserted into the traffic flow between users and cloud services, during the login process. Once the user logs in, the CASB considers the risk profile of the user, and determines the level of access to permit the user. The CASB may permit direct access to the application, proxied and controlled access to the application with data and threat protection enforced, or deny access altogether. Transparent cloud security Anurag Kahol, CTO of Bitglass, said, “Since Bitglass’ founding, we’ve recognised that many organisations need a cloud-based solution that can secure application access from any device, whether a corporate device or a personal device. Our SAML relay technology has become the standard for enabling secure, ubiquitous access.” “This patent is further recognition that Bitglass is the architect of SAML relay and reverse proxy technology that all CASB vendors have imitated,” said Nat Kausik, CEO of Bitglass. "For organisations that need transparent cloud security, the Bitglass CASB remains the solution of choice. Today, it is a core component of our SASE offering, along with our SmartEdge Secure Web Gateway and our zero trust network access.”
Bitglass, the Next-Gen Cloud Security Company, announced a deepened integration with Duo Security, now part of Cisco, a renowned multi-factor authentication (MFA) and Zero Trust solution provider. Together, Bitglass and Duo balance enterprise-grade access control and data protection with the flexibility and seamless user experience needed to support a global, remote, and multi-device workforce. Telecommuting, accessing corporate data from personal devices, and cloud-first ecosystems have quickly become the norm during the global pandemic, and a recent study shows most businesses (84%) intend to continue supporting these work policies long after stay-at-home orders are lifted. Cloud-based applications Additionally, 54% of respondents from the study confirmed that the pandemic accelerated the migration of user workflows to cloud-based applications, while 65% claimed that it led to the enabling of bring your own device (BYOD). As such, it is crucial organisations adjust their security strategies as employees can download, upload, and share data from personal devices or public networks, meaning data is traveling beyond the corporate firewall. Bitglass’ Next-Gen Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) provides end-to-end security and comprehensive visibility Bitglass’ Next-Gen Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) provides end-to-end security and comprehensive visibility over corporate data, limits sharing, prevents data leakage across all apps, and ensures that data is always secure. The integration with Duo enables customers to implement a zero trust framework that provides access control and data protection while also providing a better, more secure user experience, no matter where employees are located or how they are accessing data. User behaviour monitoring “As organisations rapidly adopt cloud applications, there are numerous threat actors looking to take advantage of enterprises that are not properly securing their IT systems,” said Anurag Kahol, CTO and Co-founder of Bitglass. “Organisations must make certain that they are granting access to trustworthy users only. Bitglass and Duo Security are able to solve that challenge for the enterprise by leveraging the strengths of our real-time CASB solution and Duo’s Zero Trust solution.” Bitglass’s integration with Duo Security guards company data through verification options such as single sign-on (SSO), which authenticates users across all of an enterprise’s cloud applications, and real-time user behaviour monitoring to validate that users are legitimate. If activity is suspicious, users must then enter credentials through MFA. As the Bitglass CASB is agentless and deployed in the cloud, it delivers a rapid deployment, scales easily as organisations grow, and secures any app, any device, anywhere.