Service broker definition
In simple terms, service brokers are intermediaries between service providers and consumers. Service brokers facilitate the consumption, selection, and delivery of various services. Sometimes, they help clients find the most suitable service or service provider based on specific requirements. Regarding cybersecurity, service brokers mediate between different security services, systems, or applications that could require this type of service. Service brokers ensure the most appropriate and suitable security services and can enhance security by centralizing requests, managing credentials, or implementing extra security layers for provided service packages.
See also: Cloud sandboxing
Modern service broker applications in cybersecurity:
Threat intelligence brokers: In larger organizations with numerous threat intelligence feeds or sources, a threat intelligence broker can distribute the most relevant threat data to various systems or tools, according to preference. This can contribute to a faster response to potential threats.
Identity brokers: These brokers can centralize and streamline verification processes across multiple services and platforms. Besides facilitating (SSO), they can enforce multi-factor authentication, ensuring that users are authenticated before gaining access to sensitive information or access in general.
Cloud access security brokers (CASBs): Cloud access security brokers act as gatekeepers between cloud providers and on-premise systems, applying security policies across various cloud servers.