Netskope named a Leader in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Security Service Edge. Get the Report.

  • Products

    Netskope products are built on the Netskope Security Cloud.

  • Platform

    Unrivaled visibility and real-time data and threat protection on the world's largest security private cloud.

Netskope Named a Leader in the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant™ for SSE Report

Get the report Go to Products Overview
Netskope gartner mq 2022 sse leader

Netskope delivers a modern cloud security stack, with unified capabilities for data and threat protection, plus secure private access.

Explore our platform
Birds eye view metropolitan city

Make the move to market-leading cloud security services with minimal latency and high reliability.

Learn more
Lighted highway through mountainside switchbacks

Prevent threats that often evade other security solutions using a single-pass SSE framework.

Learn more
Lighting storm over metropolitan area

Zero trust solutions for SSE and SASE deployments

Learn more
Boat driving through open sea

Netskope enables a safe, cloud-smart, and fast journey to adopt cloud services, apps, and public cloud infrastructure.

Learn more
Wind turbines along cliffside
  • Customer Success

    Secure your digital transformation journey and make the most of your cloud, web, and private applications.

  • Customer Support

    Proactive support and engagement to optimize your Netskope environment and accelerate your success.

  • Training and Certification

    Netskope training will help you become a cloud security expert.

Trust Netskope to help you address evolving threats, new risks, technology shifts, organizational and network changes, and new regulatory requirements.

Learn more
Woman smiling with glasses looking out window

We have qualified engineers worldwide, with diverse backgrounds in cloud security, networking, virtualization, content delivery, and software development, ready to give you timely, high-quality technical assistance.

Learn more
Bearded man wearing headset working on computer

Secure your digital transformation journey and make the most of your cloud, web, and private applications with Netskope training.

Learn more
Group of young professionals working
  • Resources

    Learn more about how Netskope can help you secure your journey to the cloud.

  • Blog

    Learn how Netskope enables security and networking transformation through security service edge (SSE).

  • Events & Workshops

    Stay ahead of the latest security trends and connect with your peers.

  • Security Defined

    Everything you need to know in our cybersecurity encyclopedia.

Security Visionaries Podcast

Bonus Episode: The Importance of Security Service Edge (SSE)

Play the podcast
Black man sitting in conference meeting

Read the latest on how Netskope can enable the Zero Trust and SASE journey through security service edge (SSE) capabilities.

Read the blog
Sunrise and cloudy sky

SASE Week

Netskope is positioned to help you begin your journey and discover where Security, Networking, and Zero Trust fit in the SASE world.

Learn more
SASE Week

What is Security Service Edge?

Explore the security side of SASE, the future of network and protection in the cloud.

Learn more
Four-way roundabout
  • Company

    We help you stay ahead of cloud, data, and network security challenges.

  • Why Netskope

    Cloud transformation and work from anywhere have changed how security needs to work.

  • Leadership

    Our leadership team is fiercely committed to doing everything it takes to make our customers successful.

  • Partners

    We partner with security leaders to help you secure your journey to the cloud.

Netskope enables the future of work.

Find out more
Curvy road through wooded area

Netskope is redefining cloud, data, and network security to help organizations apply Zero Trust principles to protect data.

Learn more
Switchback road atop a cliffside

Thinkers, builders, dreamers, innovators. Together, we deliver cutting-edge cloud security solutions to help our customers protect their data and people.

Meet our team
Group of hikers scaling a snowy mountain

Netskope’s partner-centric go-to-market strategy enables our partners to maximize their growth and profitability while transforming enterprise security.

Learn more
Group of diverse young professionals smiling
Blog Platform, Products, & Services Cloud must start with governance
Mar 02 2019

Cloud must start with governance

“The post-digital era is upon us. People are adopting new technology both quickly and completely, and whether they’re customers, employees, or even threat actors, they are beginning to outpace enterprises in their digital transformations. They are more knowledgeable about technology itself and how companies use it, and are becoming selective and demanding of what they adopt, challenging companies to work with them or adapt to them in different ways.” – Accenture Tech Vision 2019

Connectivity to information and data is now ubiquitous and expected by all digital consumers. People demand instant communication, real-time interaction and continuous gratification using technology today. This interaction with interconnected systems generates a massive amount of data that is stored everywhere, sometimes without organization knowledge or control. Many CISOs state that with the emergence of cloud and mobility leaves their organization “running blind”.

The evolution of this technology combined with the growing expectations of employees and consumers highlights that data is becoming a very strategic asset and topic. However, many organizations fail to look at this topic holistically. In the context of cloud environments, typical questions include “What do you do with all this data? Where do we store it?  How are we integrating with it? How do we secure it?” and more. The traditional answers to these pertinent questions were always addressed in a very siloed manner, based on disparate tools and processes. Organizations and departments have to work together to provide the right answers to these questions.

As Joe McKendrick stated in a recent article, “Many executives view data as a ‘commodity,’ just as oil or electricity. [However] Data is the single most important differentiator in how companies innovate, serve their customers, and gain insight into their markets. Data is not the new oil.”

It is clear that technology is not the primary problem and that organizational ineffectiveness to properly manage people and incorporate efficient processes is. Delphi Group and David F. CEO of Wasabi Technologies, in their latest book “The Bottomless Cloud” state that while technology is widely available, business leaders need to expand their thinking. “Your business is data; it defines your market, it’s your competitive advantage, it drives your innovation, profitability, and customer experience,” they observe. “Our businesses are no longer constrained by the physical limitations of data storage and access, location or bandwidth.”

Many Organizations still do not put enough effort into understanding the level of RISK that technologies such as cloud and mobility introduce. Interconnected ecosystems utilizing these technologies widen the attack surface seen and targeted by threat actors. While most organizations still look at cybersecurity as strictly an individual, corporate effort, they now must include growing ecosystem dependencies as part of their own security posture and make security a fundamental component of how they build those ecosystems.

These ‘legacy’ organizations are not addressing RISK properly. Data is everywhere and continually growing, typically in an uncontrolled manner.  

In a recent post, I called cloud “The perfect reset” and here is why. It is a perfect driver for enterprises to begin implementing a proper, modern security program from scratch. As my good friend Dustin Wilcox, CISO of Anthem, likes to say “While the strategic security objective is still the same (e.g. rapidly contain security incidence, minimize attack surface and complicate unauthorized access) the tools and tactics change”. So how do we apply this strategy in the cloud?

While more and more CISOs are starting to realize the business value of the cloud and its level of security, it is not about leveraging technology and process from the internal network looking OUT but, taking a different approach and start looking from the public cloud IN.

Everything starts with data! The most common denominator in any business is a data governance model. This is step one. Data governance must be incorporated into the business strategy. While data strategy defines how an organization achieves specific business goals through the strategic use of its intangible assets (data), data governance focuses on a management approach which establishes decision rights regarding that data, and often designed to minimize risk exposure within an enterprise. This is imperative for every business today, especially when they decide to move to the cloud. If you establish this pillar from the beginning, you will be better off.

Data governance should have clearly defined policies, procedures, processes and standards that everyone must abide by – from classification of data to handling requirements and even ever-changing threat modeling concepts. Every employee should be data security aware. While the level of that awareness might vary based on their work responsibility, but they should understand the basics at the minimum. What is that minimum? Well, that is up to the data governance team to define. It’s every employee’s responsibility to understand the impact of potential data loss and corresponding negative consequence to their business and brand. We need to start moving away from thinking that it is a company’s responsibility to protect everything. We – the digital consumers –  are an integral part of the company and it is our responsibility first.

In closing, it is important for every enterprise to think big, start small and continually move forward. It’s imperative to focus on addressing business challenges through the more efficient use of data and continue educating employees on how to safely use the data they work with on a daily basis.

To build a resilient, rewarding future, start with the right data governance model. Success starts at the top, and so does failure.

author image
About the author
Vladimir Klasnja is a seasoned technical leader with significant experience in enterprise, security and cloud architecture. Klasnja leverages his experience to help security executives achieve success within their respective organizations with respect to cloud architecture and digital transformation.
Vladimir Klasnja is a seasoned technical leader with significant experience in enterprise, security and cloud architecture. Klasnja leverages his experience to help security executives achieve success within their respective organizations with respect to cloud architecture and digital transformation.
Related Articles