Enabled us to go to the cloud while accounting for HIPAA and PCI compliance
What is our primary use case?
It's our CASB, our cloud access service broker. It also does our SaaS-based based DLP, our data loss prevention, for our SaaS-based applications. We use it to protect our sensitive information. Since we are a healthcare corporation, we have to do everything we can to keep PHI data from leaking outside of the organization. It's a SaaS offering, but there is an online appliance, a VM server, for the Active Directory sync back to the SaaS.
Pros and Cons
"The solution is very good when it comes to securing us against data leakage, because of the other proxy. It also has API scanning or data at rest. It inspects data in motion, which is the proxy, and then it has the data at rest, which is the API scanning. We can inspect for anything we want: file fingerprinting, PHI-sensitive data, PCI-sensitive data. It does not matter. We can usually find it and block it in transit and do our remediation with it. It could either be block, encrypt, or allow and watermark the file to follow it and see where it goes. It allows for those different scenarios."
"I wish they would advance more into the endpoint DLP solution. Currently they do not do anything around endpoint, they're still strictly cloud-based. The forward proxy is really the only thing they do. What I would like to see them do is to scan machines, workstations and servers, for information we might not want on those machines. That would be huge."
What other advice do I have?
My advice is to listen to Bitglass when they tell you how to deploy it properly. That's one of the two main things I have learned from using this solution. The other is, when you deploy this, always — and I stress this greatly — always deploy the new app or new API in what's called Direct App Access. That means once the user is authenticated into Bitglass, regardless of whether it's an external IDP or you're using the simple, built-in IDP from Bitglass, Direct App Access sends you directly to whatever it is you're trying to access, with no proxy. Always deploy with that, and then select about…