Chromebooks are “light” laptops that run a browser-oriented Linux operating system called ChromeOS. As Chromebooks are primarily focused on providing an internet browser, most of the software they’re used for are browser-based SaaS applications as well as Chrome Extensions. Since most of the work being done on Chromebooks lives “in the cloud” it used to be difficult to secure these Chromebooks. But not anymore!
In this article we’ll explain how Wing Security can be used to secure SaaS usage across massive amounts of Chromebooks, as well as any other operating systems thrown into the mix.
What are ‘Chromebooks’?
Chromebooks are manufactured by most of the popular laptop manufacturers such as Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba. Basically any of the top companies making Windows laptops are also making Chromebooks.
Chromebooks are significantly cheaper than Windows laptops since the OS is free to download and install, and also because Google works with the manufactures to help keep the prices low. Chromebooks also keep everything “in the cloud” so there is less need for large hard drives and other hardware that normally drives up costs.
That SaaSy ChromeOS
Chromebooks run on ChromeOS, which was created to be used for its browser. This makes Chromebooks ideal for either surfin’ the web, using Chrome Extensions, or using web-based SaaS apps -which at their essence are just browser-based softwares. This makes Chromebooks ideal for using SaaS apps.
The Common Challenge of Securing Chromebooks
Since everything on the Chromebook is done in a browser, which is most likely connected to a cloud IaaS on a server somewhere, it becomes challenging to secure that activity -since it doesn’t exist locally on the Chromebook’s hardware itself. As with all SaaS, the Chromebook is simply manipulating information on a distant server, and securing the Chromebook’s hardware isn’t enough to secure that distant server.
While there are existing Android and Linux-based security apps that can technically be installed to protect Chromebooks too, those only protect the locally installed apps in a limited manner and are not able to protect activity that remains in the browser and in the cloud, which is how most SaaS apps function.
Wing’s SaaS Security for Chromebooks
Wing Security is the ideal security platform for securing thousands of Chromebooks that are using all kinds of browser-based SaaS. Aside from Wing being the best way to secure SaaS in general, Wing also has a unique (and easy!) integration method that seamlessly integrates with Chromebooks too, making Wing’s robust platform work on Chromebooks just as it would on any other computer, including the detection of Chrome Extensions.
Wing’s platform secures SaaS from A to Z, and comes with built-in automation, so securing thousands of Chromebooks can be done easily, and quickly, without having the security team need to dedicate too much time to handle it all.
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