Mimecast recently conducted a survey of hundreds of our customers regarding their challenges with web security in general, and their current use of cloud-based web security systems, in particular. I also just posted a blog that goes into the results of this survey in more depth. We learned a number of interesting things, one of which was that the transition of web security controls to the cloud is not as far along as it is for email security.
Gartner estimates that 65% of organizations already consume their email security services from cloud-based systems, such as Mimecast Secure Email Gateway. Our survey results showed that only 27% of our customers have made a similar transition for their web security controls. Interesting. But it does seem that a similar transition to the cloud is underway, just not as far along.
Just as we did for email, we are planning to help this transition along with our recently released Web Security service. To us, providing web security services is a very natural extension of our email security offering, in particular, URL Protect. Of course protecting against malicious or inappropriate websites needs to cover more than just links in emails!
What is your plan to start to use or expand your use of cloud-based web security controls?