Microsoft Cloud App Security Unmasks Shadow IT
Microsoft's upcoming Cloud App Security offering will help administrators uncover other cloud services that might be used to leak data.Last year, Microsoft acquired Adallom, a security software company focused on safeguarding data in multi-cloud environments. Soon, Adallom's tech will feature in Microsoft's forthcoming Cloud App Security product. "Today, we are announcing Microsoft Cloud App Security, based on the Adallom technology, will become generally available in April 2016," said Microsoft Chief Information Security Officer Bret Arsenault, in a Feb. 25 announcement. "Microsoft Cloud App Security brings the same level of visibility and control that IT departments have in their on-premises network to their SaaS applications, including apps like Box, Salesforce, ServiceNow, Ariba, and of course, Office 365." Billing Microsoft Cloud App Security as a cloud access security broker (CASB) solution, the offering will help enterprises lift the veil on shadow IT. "Office 365 cloud app discovery gives you the ability to understand which other cloud services your users are connecting to. From the Office 365 admin portal, you can view a dashboard on network activity," blogged Rudra Mitra, partner director of program management for Office 365 Information Protection. "For example, you can see where users are storing and collaborating on documents and how much data is being uploaded to apps or services outside of Office 365."
Shadow IT is a massive blind spot for enterprise organizations. According to a recent analysis by Cisco, IT departments severely underestimate the number of public cloud services used in their environments. The average large enterprise is linked to a staggering 1,220 public clouds, about 25 times more than the number that IT departments are keeping track of, the analysis shows.