The past few months have changed the way we work in many ways, working from home, social distancing, and remote operations have all had impacts on our previously known ways of life. At Microsoft, we have been working hard to assist our customers adjust to this rapidly changing and evolving work environment. As has been the case for a while now, this is anchored in the framework of Zero Trust, an approach that we believe is critical to a strong security posture. At its heart, Zero Trust is all about applying visibility, adhering to governance requirements, and enforcing control of cloud apps, services, assets and workloads.
As businesses adapt to the increase in remote work and unmanaged device use, Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) use has accelerated. According to the most recent report from Gartner, “CASBs (have become) essential elements of cloud security strategies.”
We believe that Cloud App Security is a critical component of any security portfolio to enable a Zero Trust security approach. Organizations across all customer segments are securing their apps with Microsoft Cloud App Security, from large enterprises in professional services like Accenture to health organizations such as St. Luke’s.
According to a recent Total Economic Impact (TEI) study commissioned from Forrester Consulting, customers can save time, resources, and improve security with Microsoft Cloud App Security. The Forrester study shows a three-year 151 percent return on investment (ROI) less than a three-month payback on Cloud App Security investment. Indeed, at Microsoft Cloud App Security is leveraged internally and it has been great to see the momentum across our customers, where we crossed the threshold of protecting 100 million users in the summer of 2020. We have been building to deliver a unique perspective from which customers can leverage control and governance has been recognized with this year’s Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB).
Microsoft Cloud App Security is Microsoft's CASB. This essential productivity and security enabler helps organizations gain visibility into their cloud apps and services. It provides sophisticated analytics to identify and combat cyberthreats and control the travel of sensitive information to equally support Microsoft’s native cloud services, as well as numerous third party cloud apps and services, such as Dropbox, Salesforce, and others.
Our vision for the CASB category is to push beyond just controlling SaaS apps and into IaaS and PaaS posture recommendations and management. We believe it is incumbent on us to provide our customers with a holistic security solution that acknowledges their security estate across platforms and clouds. We deliver this vision through five key capabilities:
Microsoft remains committed to Cloud App Security and we are actively looking at which areas of investment are the most beneficial to our customers. For example, we will extend multi-application SaaS Security Posture Management (SSPM) capabilities as a core scenario across our security offerings, and we will continue to listen to our customers on how we can best help them in their efforts to maintain a strong security posture.
Read this complimentary copy of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Access Security Brokers for the analysis behind Microsoft’s position as a Leader.
You can also read Forrester’s Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Cloud App Security for details on how Cloud App Security can save time and money.
For more information about our CASB solution, visit our website and stay up to date with our blog. Want to see our CASB in action? Start a free trial today and learn how to get started with our detailed technical documentation.
* Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Access Security Brokers, Craig Lawson, Steve Riley, October 28, 2020.
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