Best Cloud Security Software

Cloud security software protects data, access, and networks by securing connections between users and cloud-based SaaS offerings. Companies utilize the tools to enforce policies, monitor access, and protect both information stored within cloud applications and information transferred through cloud applications. These products provide secure access points, such as sandboxes and gateways, for approved users to launch and run cloud applications in a protected environment. Administrators can manage governance, set permissions, and monitor usage of those accessing the applications. Many cloud security products provide encryption and data loss prevention features to further secure documents and data stored within cloud applications.

Many cloud security solutions function similarly to secure web gateways and secure email gateways. While they may provide similar access points, they serve to secure entire application ecosystems rather than web browsers or email documents.

To qualify for inclusion in the Cloud Security category, a product must:

  • Provide cloud access governance
  • Secure usage of cloud-based applications
  • Monitor usage for anomalies and unapproved access
  • Protect and/or encrypt data and documents stored in the cloud.

Cloud Security Software Grid® Overview

The best Cloud Security Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and scale (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
  • Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: Duo Security and Open DNS Umbrella
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the market share and scale of the Leaders. High Performers include: Skyhigh Cloud Security Manager
  • Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution.
  • Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: AlienVault USM
G2 Crowd Grid® for Cloud Security
High Performers
Skyhigh cloud security manager
Duo security
Open dns umbrella
Alienvault usm
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