I have been recently investigating Cloud App Security how it can benefit organizations already paying for this functionality without even knowing. Do you already pay for the following Microsoft licenses?
- Microsoft Cloud App Security
- Microsoft Cloud App Security + Enterprise Mobility & Security E3 (EMS E3)
- Enterprise Mobility & Security E5 (EMS E5)
- Microsoft 365 E5 Security
- Microsoft 365 E5
- Microsoft 365 Education A5
- Office 365 E5
- Azure AD Premium 1
If yes, you are licensed to enable Cloud App Security for your organization
For more information about the licensing requirementsClick on the following URL
Log process flow: From raw data to risk assessment
The process of generating understanding
- Upload – Web traffic logs from your network are uploaded to the portal.
- Parse – Cloud App Security parses and extracts traffic data from the traffic logs with a dedicated parser for each data source.
- Analyze – Traffic data is analyzed against the Cloud App Catalog to identify more than 16,000 cloud apps and to assess their risk score. Active users and IP addresses are also identified as part of the analysis.
- Generate report – A risk assessment report of the data extracted from log files is generated.
NoteContinuous report data is analyzed twice a day.
Supported firewalls and proxies
Cloud App Security support data uploads from the following Firewalls and Proxies.
- Barracuda – Web App Firewall (W3C)
- Blue Coat Proxy SG – Access log (W3C)
- Check Point
- Cisco ASA with FirePOWER
- Cisco ASA Firewall (For Cisco ASA firewalls, it’s necessary to set the information level to 6)
- Cisco Cloud Web Security
- Cisco FWSM
- Cisco IronPort WSA
- Cisco Meraki – URLs log
- Clavister NGFW (Syslog)
- Digital Arts i-FILTER
- Fortinet Fortigate
- iboss Secure Cloud Gateway
- Juniper SRX
- Juniper SSG
- McAfee Secure Web Gateway
- Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (W3C)
- Palo Alto series Firewall
- Sonicwall (formerly Dell)
- Sophos SG
- Sophos XG
- Sophos Cyberoam
- Squid (Common)
- Squid (Native)
- Websense – Web Security Solutions – Investigative detail report (CSV)
- Websense – Web Security Solutions – Internet activity log (CEF)
Automatic Risk Assessment
Cloud App Security also enables organizations to automatically discovery the Cloud Apps in use via actives on your firewall logs. This is done via Log Collectors that allows organizations upload logs to Cloud App Security. Every single long is automatically transfers to the portal, there is 2 different behaviours if you are using FTP or Syslog
FTP UploadsFTP logs are uploaded to Microsoft Cloud App Security after the file finished the FTP transfer to the Log Collector
SysLog UploadsThe Log Collector writes the received logs to the disk. Then the collector uploads the file to Cloud App Security when the file size is larger than 40 KB
However, you may what to check that the data being used for Automatic upload is in a valid format. Check out this link for more information. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-app-security/create-snapshot-cloud-discovery-reports#using-traffic-logs-for-cloud-discovery-
App connectors use APIs from cloud app providers to integrate the Cloud App Security cloud with other cloud apps. App connectors extend control and protection. They also give you access to information directly from cloud apps, for Cloud App Security analysis.
To connect an app and extend protection, the app administrator authorizes Cloud App Security to access the app. Then, Cloud App Security queries the app for activity logs, and it scans data, accounts, and cloud content. Cloud App Security can enforce policies, detects threats, and provides governance actions for resolving issues.
So how does the look from the portal?
Lets connect Office 365 for the purpose of this post.
Conditional Access App Control protection
Microsoft Cloud App Security Conditional Access App Control uses reverse proxy architecture to give you the tools you need to have real-time visibility and control over access to and activities performed within your cloud environment. With Conditional Access App Control, you can protect your organization:
- Avoid data leaks by blocking downloads before they happen
- Set rules that force data stored in and downloaded from the cloud to be protected with encryption
- Gain visibility into unprotected endpoints so you can monitor what’s being done on unmanaged devices
- Control access from non-corporate networks or risky IP addresses
With Conditional Access App Control protection you can define you want to Monitor what is being accessed or block.
When configured you will notice the below appear for all access control applications
Once you have configured the basics above the next steps
This policy also has the power to remove the external user to prevent access and this is where Cloud App Security really comes into its own. As it allows organisations and IT Administrators to the power to real take control of corporate data.
I hope you found this run through helpful
The Author – Blogabout.Cloud
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