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Microsoft says its Cloud App Security solution is now available

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April 7, 2016

The first payback of Microsoft's acquisition of Adallom last year are starting to show with the software giant announcing that its Cloud App Security offering is now available to the IT community.

The concept of Cloud App Security is to protect against the loss of data in shadow IT – the use of cloud apps that people have contracted using the departmental credit card, but somehow neglected to tell the IT department about.

With about 75 to 80 percent of staff in companies of all sizes using some kind of unapproved software-as-a-service (SaaS) for corporate utilization, Microsoft says the day is coming soon where there's more data stored off-premises than in official enterprise IT systems.

With a claimed support for 13,000 cloud apps, it's no surprise that Cloud App Security needs training to work out what's in use in a customer environment.

Training starts with feeding it firewall and proxy system logs from vendors like Blue Coat, Cisco, Zscaler, Palo Alto, Juniper Networks and others.

With apps duly identified, system administrators can then analyse usage down to the individual user level and apply strict policy control to app usage across the organization.

Once various apps are connected together, an authorization token is created so Cloud App Security can get to work seamlessly.

As an integrated and complex system, Cloud App Security also includes App Connectors, which use the cloud providers' APIs to support policy enforcement and threat detection, among other various features.

Microsoft's acquisition of Adallom last year meant that it inherited development work for Ariba, DropBox, AWS, SalesForce and a few others.

In the quest for better and general accountability, Cloud App Security also unleashes support for Google Apps (minimal capabilities on an Apps Enterprise license, but Microsoft notes there are more capabilities in Google Apps Unlimited license environments).

Source: Microsoft.

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