The rise of cloud and BYOA in the workplace is great for organizations that fully embrace it. But, it’s also imperative for these organizations to maintain visibility over the applications used and installed by their employees.
New York, New York (PRWEB) May 14, 2014
Today, BetterCloud, the leading provider of management and security software for cloud-enabled organizations, announced the general availability of its cloud application access dashboard, Apps Explorer, a component of the company’s flagship software suite, FlashPanel. Apps Explorer enables organizations to monitor and control applications that have been granted access to varying levels of Google Apps data upon authentication by an end user or administrator.
While the cloud allows workers to collaborate freely, work from virtually anywhere and install third-party applications that increase their productivity, this freedom has left the IT department in the lurch. With little control over the applications users are installing, IT departments have come to fear so-called shadow IT often associated with cloud environments. Apps Explorer gives these companies the ability to maintain corporate governance and safeguard their data in the cloud, while also enabling end users to freely browse and install applications of their choosing.
Using Apps Explorer, IT administrators can:
View and monitor applications installed via the Google Apps Marketplace, Chrome Web Store, Google Play Store, Apple’s App Store and more through a single pane of glass
Whitelist or blacklist applications on a user by user or domain-wide basis. After an application is blacklisted, permissions to access Google Apps domain data are automatically revoked.
Enforce automated SaaS application compliance policies based on specific criteria like permissions requested and scope, giving users the freedom to browse and install products that add value, while allowing administrators to prohibit unsafe applications from leeching company data
View exposures and potential vulnerabilities based on the level of permissions granted: Read and / or Write to Google Drive, Gmail, Directory and more
View application installation frequency. Commonly installed applications can then be considered by the IT department for widespread deployment and usage throughout an entire organization.
“The rise of cloud and BYOA in the workplace is great for organizations that fully embrace it. But, it’s also imperative for these organizations to maintain visibility over the applications used and installed by their employees,” said David Politis, Founder and CEO of BetterCloud. “With Apps Explorer, we're excited to not only bring the visibility IT departments need to keep their data secure, but also to provide them with granular control over these user-installed applications.”
BetterCloud is the leading provider of management and security software for cloud enabled organizations around the world. FlashPanel, its flagship product, installed by over 30,000 companies and 18 million users worldwide, is a cloud-based directory management and enterprise security application that empowers IT administrators by providing added controls, visibility, automation and more. BetterCloud is headquartered in New York City with engineering offices in Atlanta, GA. A privately held company, BetterCloud is backed by venture capital firms Flybridge Capital Partners, Greycroft Partners and TriBeCa Venture Partners. For more information, visit http://www.bettercloud.com.