Written by Samuel Furnica, Cisilion’s Enterprise Presales Consultant

Gartner, the world’s leading research and advisory company has been equipping business leaders with indispensable insights for 40 years. In their latest report focusing on cloud access security brokers (CASB).

With many players in the space, here are my key points from the report:

What are CASB Solutions?

Gartner defines the cloud access security broker (CASB) market as products and services that address security gaps in an organisation’s use of cloud services.


About the Report

CASBs have become essential elements of cloud security strategies, helping organisations use the cloud and protect their sensitive data in the cloud. Security and risk management leaders concerned with their organisations’ cloud use should evaluate CASBs and use this research to assess the market.

CASB coverage scope applies broadly across the Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud service delivery models.

CASBs deliver functionality through four pillars:

    • Visibility
    • Data Security
    • Threat Protection
    • Compliance


My Key Gartner Research Highlights:

Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS) is a reverse-proxy-plus-API CASB available stand-alone and as part of Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) E5 suite. MCAS offers features for each of the four pillars of CASB and, when combined with either of the EMS suites, offers even more complete functionality.

Microsoft customers looking for complete functionality should evaluate the combination of EMS E3 and MCAS. MCAS can now reverse-proxy Office 365 traffic, offering real-time, in-line inspection.

Key Advantages

  • MCAS offers file history tracking and multiple-version control within the admin console.
  • Azure Information Protection (AIP) policies are the foundation of document classification and DLP rules.
  • MCAS aggregates events and configuration details from Office 365, the Azure Security Center, many cloud services and on-premises products to present a consolidated view of risk.
  • Microsoft Flow offers customers a basic SOAR-like capability across Microsoft’s cloud services and others, including competing IaaS vendors.
  • Microsoft has consolidated disparate classification mechanisms into one shared across MCAS, Office 365, AIP and Windows Information Protection (WIP).
  • The UEBA interface displays a useful consolidated view of a single account’s activities across multiple governed cloud services

Your next steps – Read the Report

Click on the button below to read the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Access Security Brokers report to review the full analysis of all the vendors on the chart.

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