FinOps & Zero Trust Security: How Tangoe Protects Your Financial Data 

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This is the second article in a series diving into the biggest differentiators of our Tangoe One Cloud expense management platform. When comparing Tangoe against other FinOps solution providers, take these items into consideration.   

Zero Trust security is today’s leading strategy used to safeguard companies and information against cyberthreats and threat actors at every level. But is your FinOps program taking a Zero Trust approach to security? FinOps practitioners must ensure their cloud cost optimization programs facilitate and comply with Zero Trust security requirements, but applying these best practices isn’t always easy without the right capabilities and features, particularly when it comes to data security and identity security. 

Forrester analyst Tracy Woo discusses the importance of identity security as part of every FinOps or cloud governance program, including establishing an identity baseline that encompasses:  

  • identity authentication protocols,  
  • user/role-based permissions,  
  • designation of access groups,  
  • collaboration restrictions,  
  • identity program audits, and  
  • log activity audits. 

Unlike other FinOps solutions, Tangoe offers security features and data protections helping companies defend their critical financial data, enabling a Zero Trust approach.      

FinOps: Tangoe’s Approach to Data Security  

Data-level security refers to the practice of securing data, ensuring that only authorized individuals or systems can access and manipulate the data. Going beyond traditional perimeter-based security measures, it provides an additional layer of protection by requiring strict access controls and verification mechanisms for every user, device, and application trying to access resources and information.  

Tangoe One Cloud Data Security Features  

Tangoe’s strength in data-level security stems from its comprehensive approach to data protection. Our FinOps solution, Tangoe One Cloud, offers IT and financial leaders the peace of mind that their financial data is protected against unauthorized access, limiting data breaches, and compliance violations.  

Role-Based Access Control

Tangoe’s platform allows organizations to define and enforce strict access controls based on user roles. Only authorized individuals with the necessary permissions can access specific data sets. This minimizes the risk of unauthorized access or data breaches.  

Logins are configured as an individual user, and data-level security is applied based on users and cost centers. Automation is also helpful in reducing the amount of manual work needed to update users and security policies. For instance with IaaS, Tangoe can take a client’s human resources information file (HRIS file) and automatically update user security access privileges based on the most up-to-date information. When HR systems and the Tangoe One Cloud platform work together, it streamlines processes with the ability to update hundreds of users and frequent changes.  

User Activity Monitoring

Tangoe enables organizations to monitor user activity within our FinOps platform, providing visibility into who accessed what data and when. This helps identify any suspicious or unauthorized activities, enhancing overall security.  

Data Loss Prevention

Tangoe’s solution includes data loss prevention mechanisms that actively monitor and detect potential data breaches or leaks. This helps organizations identify and mitigate risks before they cause significant harm.  

Compliance and Auditability

Tangoe understands the importance of regulatory compliance and provides features that facilitate adherence to industry-specific regulations such as GDPR, HIPAA, or PCI-DSS. Additionally, the platform offers auditing capabilities, allowing organizations to track and monitor data access and changes. 

Advanced Encryption

Tangoe employs encryption techniques to protect data both at rest and in transit. Encryption ensures that even if unauthorized individuals gain access to the data, they will not be able to decipher or exploit it. With encryption both at rest and in transit, information is obscured whether it is stored or being transmitted between systems or locations.  

Data Masking

Tangoe offers data masking capabilities, which involve replacing sensitive data with realistic but fictional data during testing or development processes. This ensures that sensitive information remains protected, even in non-production environments.  

Security Shouldn’t be a FinOps Afterthought 

Data-level security is a crucial component of a Zero Trust security strategy, a concept that assumes no entity, whether inside or outside the network perimeter, can be trusted by default. By incorporating data-level security into a Zero Trust architecture, companies can ensure that even if an attacker manages to bypass perimeter defenses, they still cannot access sensitive data without proper authorization.  

At Tangoe, security is never an afterthought – rather a proactive approach to our product and service design. Our FinOps solutions include encryption, access controls, data loss prevention measures, and continuous monitoring to ensure that sensitive data is protected from unauthorized access or leakage.  

Learn the 3 ways FinOps strengthens your security posture. 

Don’t miss the other articles in this series:

Cloud Cost Management: Tangoe’s Advanced Approach to Budgeting and Chargebacks