Gain Visibility Over Cloud Infrastructure with Microsoft Cloud App Security

Gain Visibility Over Cloud Infrastructure with Microsoft Cloud App Security

Business adoption of cloud services is just about universal now. A large majority of companies of all sizes have transitioned over the last decade to using web and cloud app-based applications giving them the ability to access their data from anywhere.

Now businesses face a new challenge, which is integrating and securing their different cloud platforms.

Between 2018 and 2019, the average number of cloud apps used per company rose by 30%. Each small business uses an average of 102 different cloud applications, and mid-market companies use an average of 137 cloud apps.

As a Microsoft Silver Cloud Partner, GKM2 helps small to medium businesses with Microsoft cloud solutions. One of the best for coordinating, tracking access to, and securing all your cloud platforms is Microsoft Cloud App Security.

This platform is a cloud access security broker (CASB), which is a software that acts as a layer between your users and your cloud services. It allows companies to apply security policies across their different cloud platforms when it comes to access, compliance, use, and monitoring.

Examples of those policies include:

  • Authentication
  • Credential mapping
  • Device profiling
  • Encryption
  • Tokenization
  • Logging
  • Alerts
  • Malware detection
  • Compliance auditing

What are the Benefits of Using Microsoft Cloud App Security?

Cloud applications can have very different data security features. Some may offer advanced protections and others may fall short of what you need for regulatory compliance.

Microsoft Cloud App Security helps organisations evaluate their cloud platforms and apply consistent security measures and policies across them all for a more cohesive user experience.

Here are several of the advantages of using this CASB.

Detection of Suspicious Behavior to Thwart Online Attacks

Companies face sophisticated attacks every day from phishing, malicious websites, and other threats. The anomaly detection policies in Microsoft Cloud App Security use behavioral analytics and machine learning for advanced threat detection.

You get immediate alerts of any suspicious behavior across your cloud services. These include sophisticated cybersecurity detections for things like leaked credentials and malware infected files in your cloud storage. It also has an “impossible travel” warning, where two user activities are detected that originate from different geographic areas within a time period shorter than the possible travel time between them.

Extend Document Protections to All Cloud Platforms

Microsoft 365 has a powerful document handling feature called sensitivity labels. It allows companies to put security policies in place that are persistent, meaning they travel with the document from application to application within the Microsoft platform.

Sensitivity label protections include things like:

  • Document encryption
  • Adding watermarks
  • Restriction document access
  • Preventing the ability to copy or share a file

With Microsoft Cloud App security, you can extend the protection of sensitivity labels to other third-party applications (like Dropbox, Salesforce, etc.). Even if programs can’t natively read sensitivity labels, your document protections are able to be applied.

Assess Cloud App Compliance

When you’re choosing cloud applications, it might not be readily apparent if one is going to meet requirements for data privacy regulations like GDPR. Microsoft Cloud App Security can help you assess your cloud apps for compliance.

The platform sources information from a catalog of over 16,000 cloud apps and leverages 70 different parameters to assign each app you use a risk score. This score can help you ascertain whether or not a certain cloud application will meet compliance requirements for your organisation.

This evaluation can save you both time and money and keep you from using an app that’s going to become a risk for your compliance activities.

Get an Overview of Your Cloud Infrastructure

Companies are adding new cloud applications all the time, but over 60% of them on average go unmanaged and unmonitored. This leads to redundancies, where two different apps can accomplish the same task, and risks due to security differences and no lifecycle plan.

You gain full discovery of your cloud applications as a whole using Microsoft Cloud App Security. This allows you to do things like:

  • Identify unnecessary apps and properly decommission them
  • Create a sophisticated lifecycle management approach
  • Discover all the apps being used across your company
  • Enable continuous monitoring
  • Know immediately when a new cloud app is being used

Proactive Alerts to Help You Control Your Cloud

Without a unified solution, you might never know if one cloud app is using excess data or if an employee is saving company files in a new cloud application without permission.

Microsoft Cloud App Security helps you keep on top of your cloud infrastructure with proactive alerts that let you know what’s happening. You’re alerted for things like unusual activity or when new risky or high-volume apps are discovered. This allows you to take immediate action to secure your cloud data.

Learn More About Microsoft Cloud App Security

Out team of Microsoft experts at GKM2 can answer all your questions about Microsoft Cloud App Security as well as help you get set up with this vital platform.

Contact us today for a free consultation. Call +61 2 9161 7171 or reach out online.