Last November, Microsoft's CEO delivered a keynote in Washington, DC, where he discussed a new approach Microsoft was going to take when it came to security in the mobile-first, cloud-first world.
His address focused on three tenants for this focus on security:
Protect, Detect, Respond.
"We must better Protect all endpoints – from sensors and datacenters to identities and SaaS applications. We must move faster to Detect threats using the scale and intelligence of the cloud, machine learning and behavioral monitoring. We must Respond more quickly and comprehensively, and empower our customers with insights that are actionable and holistic."
In February of this year Bret Arsenault, Microsoft's Chief Information Security Officer, provided a progress report on those efforts and he shared 13 different areas where they had made enhancements to their services for protecting corporate data and assets.
One of those was that Microsoft Cloud App Security would become available in April 2016.
Well today that became reality as Microsoft formally announced the General Availability of the service which was based on technology they acquired when they purchased Adallon for $320 million last year.
So what will Microsoft's Cloud App Security bring to the table?
- App Discovery: Cloud App Security identifies all cloud applications in your network—from all devices—and provides risk scoring and ongoing risk assessment and analytics
- Data Control: With special focus on sanctioned apps, you can set granular controls and policies for data sharing and loss prevention (DLP) leveraging API-based integration. You can use either out-of-the box policies or build and customize your own
- Threat Protection: Cloud App Security provides threat protection for your cloud applications leveraging user behavioral analytics and anomaly detection
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