CapLinked, the leading developer of secure document sharing solutions for enterprises, offers a robust set of information security (InfoSec) tools designed to help companies protect information that’s shared with external parties. These tools, “InfoSec-as-a-Service,” are an application program interface (API) powered offering that enables enterprises to build customized solutions for managing, tracking and even rescinding access to files sent to outside collaborators.
What Is InfoSec?
Information security (commonly abbreviated as InfoSec) is a collection of processes and tools that protects data within an enterprise. This data is typically sensitive corporate material of all types, and it protects it from all sorts of issues, such as unauthorized access, misuse or damage. InfoSec includes physical and environmental security, access control and cybersecurity. Tools used for InfoSec include cloud access security brokers (CASB), deception detection and response (EDR), security testing for DevOps (DevSecOps), among many others.
Having defined what InfoSec is comprised of, knowing what InfoSec-as-a-Service consists of building a customized solution to help companies protect data that is shared with both internal and external users. In short, InfoSec-as-a-Service is a holistic approach to managing information security. As the tech world evolves, more and more things are offered as a “service.” An InfoSec service strategy goes beyond typical “products and services” by offering the following attributes:
- ID and Access Control: Including privileged access management, multi-factor authentication and other secure login practices to increase security.
- Vulnerability Management: Constant vulnerability scanning and reporting.
- Encryption: Protecting data by allowing only sanctioned users to access it.
- Security Architecture & Controls: Implementing best practices into the IT architecture.
- Monitoring: Monitors potential threats and issues alerts.
The InfoSec-as-a-Service Landscape
The cybersecurity field is a complicated one, ever-changing with new threats and issues arising at an alarming rate, and that doesn’t look to change anytime soon. With the rise of data breaches, ransomware and other hacks occurring in all types of industries, there is no doubt that every company must deal with this unpleasant issue sooner rather than later. With the rise of hacking (automotive, phones, cloud accounts, etc.) showing no signs of abating, the need for InfoSec-as-a-Service can only increase.
How InfoSec-as-a-Service Works
The responsibilities of InfoSec-as-a-Service includes dictating a set of processes that safeguards digital data, networks and other IT infrastructure. This includes how data is formatted, and whether it is in transit or remains stationary. However, this process is not handled “in-house,” but instead with a third-party company, whose primary function is to provide this need to companies. While enterprises actively guard against external threats breaking into their firewall, they seldom have adequate visibility into or control over where their own employees send company data during the course of normal business. This exposes them to potential risk as sensitive and confidential information is sent to outsiders for licensing, business development, audits, consulting engagements and other routine business operations.
With the average firm uploading nearly 5.6 TB of data into the cloud and sharing information with nearly 900 outside organizations each month, companies have few options for tracking and managing the thousands of files they’re sending to outsiders – unless InfoSec-as-a-Service is employed.
The Benefits of InfoSec-as-a-Service
The benefits of InfoSec-as-a-Service are numerous. They include:
- Avoiding Overhead: InfoSec can be a time-consuming adventure, and, like many other business processes, has its ups and downs. Dedicating a department or team of employees to handle this can be an HR nightmare; too much work at some points, needless overhead with idle employees at another.
- Availability: Having InfoSec handled by an experienced and reputable third-party company ensures 24/7 management, something that would be a major liability to have to handle in-house.
- Experience: Outsourcing to an experienced company whose only focus is to provide the expertise required to ensure top-tier information security.
InfoSec-as-a-Service With CapLinked
CapLinked’s InfoSec-as-a-Service API-powered technology can easily be integrated into other applications to help secure and streamline all document-sharing workflows, a mandatory step in highly regulated or transaction-heavy industries such as financial services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, energy and technology. InfoSec-as-a-Service can integrate directly into file storage platforms, email clients, CRM solutions, compliance software and other applications that deal with the transmission of data to outside parties.
CapLinked, an industry leader in the virtual data room (VDR) and document security space, provides users in multiple industries with the tools required to safely store, share and edit documents with its VDRs and other security offerings. These tools include cutting-edge features, including document and version management, high-level admin controls, 24/7 customer service, encryption and multiple layers of security, which can be integrated into third-party applications or proprietary software solutions to create custom workflows.
Named by CIO Applications as one of “25 Workflow Solutions Transforming Business,” CapLinked’s web application has been used to share information pertaining to a diverse range of industries, including energy deals, audits, M&A, licensing and even the sale of a professional sports team. The company’s clients include Ernst & Young, DaVita Healthcare Partners, Roche, Hess, Cambridge Associates, FTI Consulting, Brookline Bank and LendingClub. To learn more about CapLinked’s InfoSec-as-a-Service, sign up for a free trial to see how your data sharing can be better protected.
Chris Capelle is a technology expert, writer and instructor. For over 25 years, he has worked in the publishing, advertising and consumer products industries.