Gartner says Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASBs) are on-premises, or cloud-based security policy enforcement points, placed between cloud service consumers and cloud service providers to combine and interject enterprise security policies as the cloud-based resources are accessed. CASBs consolidate multiple types of security policy enforcement. Example security policies include authentication, single sign-on, authorization, credential mapping, device profiling, encryption, tokenization, logging, alerting, malware detection/prevention and so on.
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Microsoft’s CASB Solution
Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps (previously Microsoft Cloud App Security) is a CASB that supports various deployment modes and provides rich visibility, control, and analytics to combat cyberthreats across all Microsoft and third-party cloud services.
It natively integrates with leading Microsoft solutions and can leverage existing infrastructure to enrich the data sets. It also spans over other cloud providers to capture multi-cloud application deployments.
Microsoft Defender for Cloud App Security was named as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Cloud Security Gateways, Q2 2021
Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps Overview
Some of the benefits of using Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps are:
- You can discover and monitor all the cloud apps that are used in your organization, including shadow IT and sanctioned apps. You can also assess the risk level of each app and enforce policies to block or limit access to risky apps.
- You can detect and investigate suspicious activities and incidents across your cloud apps, such as data exfiltration, malware infection, account compromise, privilege escalation, and more. You can also use advanced analytics and threat intelligence to identify patterns and trends of malicious behavior.
- You can respond and remediate threats quickly and effectively with automated actions and workflows. You can also leverage the integration with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and Microsoft Defender for Identity to correlate signals and orchestrate responses across your endpoints and identities.
- You can protect your sensitive data from unauthorized access and leakage with data loss prevention (DLP) capabilities. You can also use encryption, classification, labeling, and retention policies to secure your data in transit and at rest.
Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is a must-have solution for any organization that wants to embrace the cloud without compromising security. It helps you gain visibility, control, and protection over your cloud apps and data, while reducing complexity and cost.
If you want to learn more about Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps, you can visit the official website here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security/business/defender-for-cloud-apps
You can also sign up for a free trial here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/enterprise-mobility-security/try