Microsoft Cloud App Security Overview

Microsoft Cloud App Security is the #6 ranked solution in our list of CASB solutions. It is most often compared to Cisco Umbrella: Microsoft Cloud App Security vs Cisco Umbrella

What is Microsoft Cloud App Security?

Microsoft Cloud App Security is a cloud access security broker (CASB) that provides multifunction visibility, control over data travel, and sophisticated analytics. With Microsoft Cloud App Security, you can: 

- Manage, control, and audit apps to streamline cloud access security

- Mange your access to resources to discover shadow IT and understand your digital information estate

- Use real-time controls to enable threat protection on all the access points that touch your environment

To learn more about our solution, ask questions, and share feedback, join our Microsoft Security and Compliance Community.

Microsoft Cloud App Security is also known as MS Cloud App Security, MS Cloud App Security, MS Cloud App Security.

Buyer's Guide

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Microsoft Cloud App Security Customers

Customers for Microsoft Cloud App Security include Accenture, St. Luke’s University Health Network, Ansell, and Nakilat.

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Microsoft Cloud App Security pricing:
  • "Our clients normally use the Microsoft E1 licensing, which is renewed yearly."
  • "This product is not expensive."
  • "We have an educational licensing agreement. It's a customer agreement for multiple years."

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Enterprise System Engineer at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
We have become more aware of what services our users are using and how often they are using them

What is our primary use case?

The use case is for getting visibility over cloud applications that our users are consuming, how they consume it, and using the protection which comes with Cloud App Security with that visibility. It provides monitoring and visibility into cloud apps that our users are using and has ;a layer of security wrapped around that. It identifies malicious activity, if it's occurring, and provides overall protection of our company data from things like data exfiltration and all the other integrations that it has with other Microsoft security products. It is protecting approximately 800 users. We have… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "We have become more aware of what services our users are using, how often they are using them, and what data is being sent out of the organization and to which services. So, it is really a lot about visibility and helping us make decisions based on that. It drives some of our policy decisions for adding extra security controls."
  • "They should continue integration with all other Microsoft security-related products. The integration with all the other products is still ongoing."

What other advice do I have?

Make full use of all the options available and focus a lot on policies. There are a lot of policies and alerts available which might not be used to their fullest extent. We are pretty happy with how it all works and fits together. I would rate this solution as a solid nine (out of 10). The product is constantly improving. It has a low amount of false positives, i.e., true alerts identified as requiring attention.
Babrubahan Das
Sr. Technical Engineer/ Sr. Executive at PSR
Real User
Enables us to protect our organisation's data and has good support

What is our primary use case?

We use it to protect our organization's data. It has the ability to create and can copy-paste for the end-user. You can take a screenshot from your mobile devices and download some confidential things. After creating the policy you can be assured that a user's data is being protected We give devices access within a particular device that the user is accessing. We are also certain that there is no chance of scamming or that an email account can be hacked. We also create a password policy. Whenever the end-user wants to download anything or wants to access anything there has to be some security… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "All of the features are valuable because all of the features are related."
  • "I would like for it to be available on Mac and for it to support all of the features of Microsoft financing products. It is really for Windows."

What other advice do I have?

It is certainly a good product. It is important to get a cloud-based product so that if you want to manage it remotely, you can work on a PC that is ready for that mission then. I would rate it an eight out of ten.
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Cloud Security Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Easy to use, scales well, and is good for our clients who are transitioning to the cloud

What is our primary use case?

We are a consulting firm and we configure this service for our clients. Our clients use it for Shadow IT systems and processes. It is used specifically for cloud services, such as services that reside in Microsoft Azure.

Pros and Cons

  • "It is very easy to use, which is what we look for in these types of solutions."
  • "This service would be better if it had a separate license, only for this service, that could be used to track usage."

What other advice do I have?

This is a pretty good service and I definitely recommend it if you are using Microsoft Azure or Microsoft services. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Anand Dutta
Director Global Strategic Alliances at Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd.
Real User
A stable solution that integrates seamlessly across different clouds

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and this is one of the products that we implement for our customers. Our customers have applications that are running across different clouds or on different platforms. Microsoft Cloud App Security brings them together onto the same platform from a security standpoint. The application can run seamlessly across different clouds, which helps.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the seamless integration across different clouds."
  • "The interface needs to be more user-friendly."

What other advice do I have?

This is a product that I recommend. Overall, it is a good product but the robustness should be improved. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
KayaZeren
Information Technology Manager at a educational organization with 201-500 employees
Real User
Hybrid active directory that is easy to manage, but integration with Apple products is needed

What is our primary use case?

We have an educational institution and we are using this solution to personally teach our students these applications.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the ease of management. It's important."
  • "Generally, the pricing can always be improved along with the management system."

What other advice do I have?

We have experience with Microsoft products, Windows Server Data Centers, Microsoft Office 365, and they have a new branch called M365 products, Cloud systems, and Branch Management systems. We are working on implementing the MDM system and we are looking for alternatives. We are using an Apple-based system as well as Microsoft. Generally, there is always room for improvement. It can always be better. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.