Three years ago this week I attended the first Gartner Security & Risk Summit at National Harbor in Maryland with Netskope. At the time Netskope’s cloud access security broker (CASB) software was a few versions old and the market was just starting to understand the extent to which cloud security would become a requirement. Discussions with prospective customers were often a cross between denial and skepticism and the sessions on CASB could be counted on one hand.
As we wrap up this year’s show I can share that things are much different. The security community is now fully onboard with the need for a CASB and Gartner has ( for the second year) called CASB one of several Top Technologies for Security Professionals in 2017. In the sessions from analysts, the mention of CASB was not limited to those covering cloud security alone — it has extended into adjacent category discussions, making it a full-fledged member of the security ecosystem. CASB took center stage during several moments of the opening keynote and as Neil MacDonald pointed out during a later session, CASB is now starting its ascent out of the “Trough of Disillusionment” in the Hype Cycle for Cloud Security — a sign of maturity that many categories never make it to. I’ll stop short of saying CASB is mainstream, considering market penetration is less than 10% today, but it’s certainly a hot space.
In the exhibit hall, the discussions are now about “when,” instead of “if,” buyers will implement a CASB. Coupled with that, however, is a frustration on the part of buyers who are trying to discern the difference between several vendors in the space. At Netskope we’ve heard this frustration and have worked to cut through the noise with key fundamentals and use cases. Here are some examples:
If you visited the Netskope booth, I hope that you were asked one of these questions and that it helped as you considered your CASB project – irrespective of where you are in that process.
A parting thought: if you missed us, please don’t hesitate to reach out or review some of the content we’ve provided to help with your selection process. Finally – if you attended Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit this year, we’d love to hear your thoughts.