Microsoft Cloud App Security
The data security, protection from malware and data hacking become the fundamental issue in the digital world. So companies are using such software, services, and tools, which ensure their data security and protection from cyber-attacks. So, Microsoft besides its other security tools also introduced Cloud App Security. With that the company entered into the CASB market, Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS) is now a reverse-proxy-plus-API CASB offered as a standalone offering and part of the company’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite. Thus it is targeted at organizations of all sizes. Microsoft says that for solutions, it is designed with security professionals in mind; providing simple deployment, centralized management, and innovative automation capabilities.
Now coming to its features and detail, basically, Microsoft Cloud App Security is a user-based subscription service. That can be licensed as a standalone product or as part of several different bundles, depending on organizational size and needs. Besides that, the users can also choose to license feature subsets of Microsoft Cloud App Security. Other than this, the service integrates with various Microsoft products to deliver capabilities such as integration with Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection. It offers a single-click deployment to enable the Discovery of Shadow IT directly from devices from within and outside of the corporate network.
The core and basic phenomena behind these security services are to meet the new challenges and complexities for keeping your organization secure. Microsoft says that to get the full benefit of cloud apps and services, and the IT team must find the right balance of supporting access while maintaining control to protect critical data.
While, speaking of the features, it has tools that help uncover shadow IT and assess risk while enabling the customer to enforce policies and investigate activities. Not only that, it ensures the customers to allow control access in real-time and stop threats so your organization can more safely move to the cloud. Moreover, the Cloud App Security keeps the customers in control through complete visibility, auditing, and rough controls over the sensitive data. Just like all Microsoft cloud products and services, Microsoft Cloud App Security is built to address the rigorous security and privacy demands of our customers.
Other than that, with this security service you have control and privacy over data. Users can view certain personal data stored in the service from the portal using the Search bar. Besides that it allows the Admins to search for a precise user’s metadata or user’s activity. It is possible by just clicking on an entity that opens the Users and accounts. The Users and accounts page provides you with comprehensive details about the entity that is pulled from connected cloud applications. It also provides the user’s activity history and security alerts related to the user.
Furthermore, to ensure privacy the customer owns the data and can cancel subscriptions and request the deletion of the data at any time. But if the customer will not renew the subscription, the data will be deleted within the timeline specified in the Online Services Terms. However, if they ever choose to end the service, they can take your data with you.
How it Works
The MCAS integrated with your Microsoft Tantent by using Cloud Discovery to map and identify your cloud environment and the cloud apps your organization is using. It also sanctions and unsanctioned app in your cloud. Moreover, with the help of easy-to-deploy app connectors that take advantage of provider APIs, for visibility and governance of apps that you connect to. Besides, that uses Conditional Access App Control protection to get real-time visibility and control over access and activities within your cloud apps. Last but not least, it helps the customers to allow incessant control by setting, and then continually fine-tuning, policies.
On the other hand, it enables the users to limit access of administrators to the portal based on geo-location using Azure Active Directory. It’s possible to require multi-factor authentication to access the Microsoft Cloud App Security portal by using Azure Active Directory. For permission, Microsoft Cloud App Security supports role-based access control. Office 365 and Azure Active Directory Global admin and Security admin roles have full access to Cloud App Security, and Security readers have read access.
Other than this, the security can take advantage of Microsoft Flow, enables the customers to use more than 200 first- and third-party connectors to automate the triage of alerts. As far as the pricing is concern Cloud App Security is available for purchase as a subscription for $8 per user per month. It is also a component of Microsoft Mobility + Security E5.