Skyhigh Networks Releases Tool to Measure Public Cloud Risks

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A tool to quantify the risks associated with public cloud services was released to general availability on Wednesday by Skyhigh Networks. Skyhigh Enterprise CloudRisk Dashboard seeks to address an area of common concern among enterprises by providing an objective score, along with information and recommendations.

Skyhigh’s previous products have focused on network visibility, including of the increasingly important shadow IT portion. Enterprise CloudRisk Dashboard provides an overall score, as well as the ability to drill down into the metrics which contribute to the score, and “actionable recommendations to reduce risk.” It also provides benchmark scores for different departments as well as comparable competitors, and tracks trends.

Security risks associated with public cloud are among the main barriers to adoption, as indicated by an Internap study released in January. A study released by Rackspace last year cited security as one of the factors driving enterprises from public to hybrid cloud solutions.

“The CSA has been working to establish standards that help in reducing the risk of cloud adoption,” said Jim Reavis, co-founder and CEO of the Cloud Security Alliance. “We are pleased to partner with Skyhigh as they take the lead in putting these standards in practice by providing continuous visibility and risk-based insights. Most importantly, these capabilities are easy to digest and actionable which is critical for widespread adoption.”

Skyhigh Networks CEO Rajiv Gupta compared the new offering to financial service firms’ use of credit scores, which have the dual effect of making lending safer for institutions, but do so by excluding those elements deemed too risky.

The trends shown by Enterprise CloudRisk Dashboard include user, service, and data risk, as well as overall risk score over time.

As companies gain an understanding of their risk factors and evaluate the actionable recommendations the Dashboard provides, their public clouds may become more secure, but they may also choose to alter their cloud deployment to hybrid approaches.

The endorsement of the CSA may help Skyhigh tap into a potentially huge market. A recent IHS Technology report pointed to both security and data analytics as drivers of rapidly increasing enterprise cloud spending.

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