Archive

Archive for the ‘Cloud Access Security Broker’ Category

Microsoft Security—a Leader in 5 Gartner Magic Quadrants

December 3rd, 2019 No comments

Gartner has named Microsoft Security a Leader in five Magic Quadrants. This is exciting news that we believe speaks to the breadth and depth of our security offerings. Gartner places vendors as Leaders who demonstrate balanced progress and effort in all execution and vision categories. This means that Leaders not only have the people and capabilities to deliver strong solutions today, they also understand the market and have a strategy for meeting customer needs in the future. Microsoft was identified as a Leader in the following five security areas:

  • Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) solutions1
  • Access Management2
  • Enterprise Information Archiving3
  • Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) tools4
  • Endpoint Protection Platforms5

Given this, Microsoft Security doesn’t just deliver strong security products in five crucial security areas only. We provide a comprehensive set of security solutions that are built to work together, from identity and access management to threat protection to information protection and cloud security.

Our products integrate easily and share intelligence from the trillions of signals generated daily on the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph. And they work with non-Microsoft solutions too. You can monitor and safeguard your assets across clouds—whether you use Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Slack, Salesforce, or all the above.

By unifying security tools, you get visibility into your entire environment across on-premises and the cloud, to better protect all your users, data, devices, and applications. Today, we’ll review the five areas where Microsoft is recognized as a Leader in security.

A Leader in CASB

Our cloud security solutions provide cross-cloud protection, whether you use Amazon Web Services, Azure, Google Cloud Platform—or all three. We also help you safeguard your data in third-party apps like Salesforce and Slack.

Gartner named Microsoft a Leader in CASB based on the ability to execute and completeness of vision. Cloud App Security provides rich visibility into your shadow IT, enables you to identify and remediate cloud native attacks, and allows you to control how your data travels across all your cloud apps—whether they’re from Microsoft or third-party applications.

As Gartner says in the CASB Magic Quadrant, “platforms from leading CASB vendors were born in the cloud and designed for the cloud. They have a deeper understanding of users, devices, applications, transactions, and sensitive data than CASB functions designed to be extensions of traditional network security and SWG security technologies.”

We work closely with customer to improve our products, which is one of the reasons our customer base for Cloud App Security continues to grow.

Gartner graph showing Microsoft as a Leader in Cloud App Security.

A Leader in Access Management

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a universal identity and access management platform that provides the right people the right access to the right resources. It safeguards identities and simplifies access for users. Users sign in once with a single identity to access all the apps they need—whether they’re on-premises apps, Microsoft apps, or third-party cloud apps. Microsoft was recognized for high scores in market understanding and customer experience.

Gartner says, “Vendors that have developed Access Management as a service have risen in popularity. Gartner estimates that 90 percent or more of clients based in North America and approximately 65 percent in Europe and the Asia/Pacific region countries are also seeking SaaS-delivered models for new Access Management purchases. This demonstrates a preference for agility, quicker time to new features, elimination of continual software upgrades, reduction of supported infrastructure and other SaaS versus software benefits demonstrated in the market.”

Gartner graph showing Microsoft as a Leader in Access Management.

A Leader in Enterprise Information Archiving

Enterprise information archiving solutions help organizations archive emails, instant messages, SMS, and social media content. Gartner recognized us as a Leader in this Magic Quadrant based on ability to execute and completeness of vision.

Gartner estimates, “By 2023, 45 percent of enterprise customers will adopt an enterprise information archiving (EIA) solution to meet new requirements driven by data privacy regulations; this is a major increase from five percent in 2019.”

Gartner graph showing Microsoft as a Leader in Enterprise Information Archiving.

A Leader in Unified Endpoint Management (UEM)

Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) solutions provide a comprehensive solution to manage mobile devices and traditional endpoints, like PCs and Macs. Microsoft’s solution, Microsoft Intune, lets you securely support company-provided devices and bring your own device policies. You can even protect company apps and data on unmanaged devices. We have seen rapid growth in Intune deployments and expect that growth to continue.

Gartner noted that, “Leaders are identified as those vendors with strong execution and vision scores with products that exemplify the suite of functions that assist organizations in managing a diverse field of mobile and traditional endpoints. Leaders provide tools that catalyze the migration of PCs from legacy CMT management tools to modern, UEM-based management.”

Intune is built to work with other Microsoft 365 security solutions, such as Cloud App Security and Azure AD to unify your security approach across all your clouds and devices. As Gartner writes, “Achieving a truly simplified, single-console approach to endpoint management promises many operational benefits.”

Gartner graph showing Microsoft as a Leader in Unified Endpoint Management.

A Leader in Endpoint Protection Platforms

Our threat protection solutions provide tools to identify, investigate, and respond to threats across all your endpoints. Gartner named Microsoft a Leader for Endpoint Protection Platforms, recognizing our products and our strengths and ability to execute and completeness of vision. Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) detects and investigates advanced attacks on-premises and in the cloud. Windows Defender Antivirus protects PCs against software threats like viruses, malware, and spyware across email, apps, the cloud, and the web.

Gartner says, “A Leader in this category will have broad capabilities in advanced malware protection, and proven management capabilities for large-enterprise accounts.”

Gartner graph showing Microsoft as a Leader in Endpoint Protection Platforms.

Learn more

Microsoft is committed to helping our customers digitally transform while providing the security solutions that enable them to focus on what they do best. Learn more about our comprehensive security solutions across identity and access management, cloud security, information protection, threat protection, and universal endpoint management by visiting our website.

1Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Cloud Access Security Brokers,” by Steve Riley, Craig Lawson, October 2019

2Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Access Management,” by Michael Kelley, Abhyuday Data, Henrique, Teixeira, August 2019

3Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving,” by Julian Tirsu, Michael Hoech, November 2019

4Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management Tools,” by Chris Silva, Manjunath Bhat, Rich Doheny, Rob Smith, August 2019

5Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms,” by Peter Firstbrook, Dionisio Zumerle, Prateek Bhajanka, Lawrence Pingree, Paul Webber, August 2019

These graphics were published by Gartner, Inc. as part of larger research documents and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner documents are available upon request from Microsoft. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product, or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally, and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved.

The post Microsoft Security—a Leader in 5 Gartner Magic Quadrants appeared first on Microsoft Security.

Microsoft Cloud Security solutions provide comprehensive cross-cloud protection

November 6th, 2019 No comments

The infrastructure, data, and apps built and run in the cloud are the foundational building blocks for a modern business. No matter where you are in your cloud journey, you likely utilize every layer of the cloud—from infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to platform as a service (PaaS) to software as a service (SaaS). You also may take advantage of services from several cloud and app providers. Many organizations operate a cross-cloud environment, but it can complicate security. A fragmented view of your cloud environment limits opportunities to holistically improve your security posture. It can also lead to missed threats and SecOps burnout.

To address these challenges, we provide a set of comprehensive Cloud Security solutions to protect every layer of the cloud—from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to Microsoft Azure (Azure) to Google Cloud Platform (GCP)—from Slack to Salesforce to your line of business apps.

Microsoft is in a unique position as a cloud provider and security vendor. We leverage global cloud-scale, trillions of signals and deep expertise to build industry-leading security solutions to protect cloud resources.

Our Cloud Security solutions can help you:

  • Realize integrated visibility and protection across clouds with Cloud Security Posture Management and Cloud Workload Protection Platform solutions.
  • Develop and secure your custom apps in the cloud with our Application Security services.
  • Monitor and control user activities and data across all your apps with our leading Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB).

Realize integrated visibility and protection across clouds

No matter which cloud services and apps you use, you need an all-inclusive view across all of them to protect your intellectual property and assets. You also need tools to help you block and mitigate threats. Cloud Security Posture Management and Cloud Workload Protection Platform are solutions that give you the visibility and capabilities to understand your cross-cloud environment and better secure it.

Cloud Security Posture Management

Azure Security Center continuously monitors your cross-cloud resources such as virtual machines, networks, applications, and data services. You can quickly assess your security posture with Secure Score, a feature of Security Center. Secure Score provides a numerical value for your current state and recommends actions. This scoring system offers best-practice guidance that can help prevent common misconfigurations—such as exposure of sensitive resources to the internet, lack of encryption, uninstalled updates, or a missing firewall for your cloud workloads.

Key benefits include:

  • A bird’s-eye security posture view.
  • Ability to continuously monitor and protect all your cross-cloud resources.
  • Best practice recommendations.
  • Visibility into the compliance state of your Azure environment.

Cloud Workload Protection Platform

Security Center doesn’t just evaluate your security posture, it also provides tools to help you reduce your attack surface. Using machine learning to process trillions of signals across from around the globe, Security Center alerts you of threats to your environments, such as remote desktop protocol (RDP), brute-force attacks, and SQL injections.

Protect Windows and Linux servers, cloud-native applications, data services, and your Azure IoT solutions from malicious threats. For every attack attempted or carried out, you receive a detailed report and recommendations for remediation.

Key benefits include the ability to:

  • Detect and block advanced malware and threats from Linux and Windows Servers on any cloud.
  • Protect cloud-native services from threats.
  • Protect data services against malicious attacks.

Protect your Azure IoT solution with near real-time monitoring.

Develop and secure your custom apps in the cloud

Application Security services

By uniting previously siloed roles of development, operations, security, and testing, DevOps has enabled faster application development. When you’re moving fast, it can be easy to miss a step that could make your apps vulnerable. Microsoft Application Security services offers operations and development tools that help you identify potential threats before you put your application in production. Best-practices documentation and the Secure DevOps toolkit help you build security into your apps.

Our Application Security services also help you secure your open source apps. GitHub can you help you secure your software supply chain and integrate security into your code-to-cloud workflows.

Key benefits include the ability to:

  • Build secure applications faster.
  • Protect every layer of your application.
  • Receive guidance to help you succeed.
  • Understand and secure your open source software supply chain.
  • Integrate security into your open source code-to-code workflows.

Monitor and control user activities and data across all your apps

Cloud Access Security Broker

Our internal data shows that in the average enterprise, users leverage more than 1,000 cloud apps and services, half of which go unmonitored by IT. The increasing number of apps—and the different ways users can access them—challenge IT departments to ensure secure access and protect the flow of critical data. Cloud Access Security Broker services are a new generation of solutions that give IT department tools to address these challenges.

Our leading Cloud Access Security Broker solution, Microsoft Cloud App Security, provides rich visibility into your shadow IT, enables you to identify and remediate cloud native attacks, and allows you to control how your data travels across all of your cloud apps—whether they’re from Microsoft or third-party applications. The solution integrates natively with other leading Security and Identity solutions from the broader Microsoft portfolio to provide you with the simplest deployment and powerful threat intelligence and powerful User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) to help you address the most modern attacks.

Key benefits include:

  • Centralized monitoring and control for all apps:
    • Discover and control shadow IT.
    • Identify and remediate cloud-native attacks.
    • Protect your information in real-time with powerful inline controls.
  • Built for a seamless admin and user experience:
    • Customizable automation capabilities.
    • Native integrations.
    • Optimized for a global workforce.

Microsoft Cloud App Security

Elevate your security posture by taking control of your cloud environment.


Start free trial

Learn more

Our Cloud Security solutions enable you to safeguard your cross-cloud resources.

The post Microsoft Cloud Security solutions provide comprehensive cross-cloud protection appeared first on Microsoft Security.

Gartner names Microsoft a Leader in the 2019 Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) Magic Quadrant

October 29th, 2019 No comments

In Gartner’s third annual Magic Quadrant for Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB), Microsoft was named a Leader based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the CASB market. Microsoft was also identified as strongest in execution.

Gartner led the industry when they defined the term CASB in 2012. We believe their report points out a key fact for the market, that Microsoft currently has the largest customer base of all participating vendors. We believe that this, along with being ranked as a Leader, reflects our continued commitment to building the best possible solution for our customers and our goal to find innovative ways of helping them better protect their Microsoft and third-party cloud apps and platforms.

Image of the Gartner Magic Quadrant, showing Microsoft as a Leader in completeness of vision and ability to execute.

This recognition comes at a great point in our evolution journey. We’re guided by a strong vision to provide a customer-centric, best-in-class CASB solution that easily integrates with our customers’ existing environment, simplifies deployment, and optimizes the experience for admins, SecOps, and end users alike.

In customer conversations, many of them embrace a similar set of key product differentiators, some of which are also referred to in the Gartner report including:

  • The ability to monitor and control any app across cloud, on-premises, and custom apps.
  • Extensive integration across products, while also offering the ability to integrate with third-party solutions.
  • Extensive set of built-in threat-protection policies and a user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA) interface that provides a consolidated risk timeline and score for each user to help prioritize investigations across hybrid identities.

As we continue to build powerful, new capabilities for our CASB offering, we’re leveraging the unique ability to natively integrate with other best-in-class solutions from Microsoft’s Security and Identity portfolio including Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection, Microsoft Intune, and more. This allows us to deliver unique CASB capabilities, provide customers with fully integrated solutions across their portfolio, and achieve single-click deployments.

CASBs are essential to any modern Cloud Security strategy to provide a central point of monitoring and control. It enables IT departments to ensure secure access and protect the flow of critical data with a consistent set of controls across the increasing number of apps and cloud workloads.

With Microsoft Ignite around the corner, we look forward to more exciting announcements in November. As you continue to plan for the needs of your organization, please let us know how we can support the work you’re doing with Microsoft 365 by reaching out to your account team.

Learn more

Read the complimentary report for the analysis behind Microsoft’s position as a Leader.

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.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Access Security Brokers, Steve Riley, Craig Lawson, 22 October 2019.

The post Gartner names Microsoft a Leader in the 2019 Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) Magic Quadrant appeared first on Microsoft Security.