Microsoft is releasing a new security posture management tool for Defender for Cloud Apps to help organizations protect their cloud apps as organizations continue to adopt cloud-native software-as-a-service applications to meet their changing needs.
The public preview of SaaS Security Posture Management in Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is designed to help IT teams view, identify and remediate misconfigurations across applications to improve their organization’s cloud security, according to a Tech Community blog.
According to Microsoft, lack of visibility, misconfigurations and advanced attacks are common threats to an organization’s cloud environment, so organizations need to proactively strengthen their SaaS app posture, detect attacks and prevent data leakage.
The company says Defender for Cloud Apps—announced in November 2021—is designed to do just that, providing visibility and tools to identity patterns, asses risk and manage more than 31,000 SaaS apps to defend against threats.
Adding to that is the new integrated SaaS security management with Microsoft Secure Score for deeper visibility and the automatic identification of misconfigurations and gaps in each app.
Currently, teams can access security posture insights across Office 365, and can preview the feature for Salesforce and ServiceNow. Additional SaaS apps will be added in the coming months, the firm says.
This allows teams to identity misconfigurations and get a step-by-step remediation guide for every risky security configuration in their environment for the related SaaS app, Microsoft says.
The company markets Defender for Cloud Apps as a tool to help IT gain visibility of cloud apps, discover shadow IT, protect sensitive information and manage their security posture across cloud apps. Currently, Defender for Cloud apps works with Atlassian, Box, Dropbox, Google Workspace, OneLogin, Okta, Cisco WebEx, Salesforce, Slack, ServiceNow, DocuSign, NetDocuments, GitHub, in addition to Azure and Office 365 apps.
Previews are available for Zoom, Workplace by Meta, Egnyte and more.
Those currently using Defender for Cloud apps can start using the new SaaS security posture management capabilities by connecting Salesforce or ServiceNow. Security assessments and recommendations will be shown automatically in Microsoft 365 Defender portal under, Microsoft says.