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Forrester names Microsoft a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Cloud Security Gateways, Q2 2021

  • Rob Lefferts Corporate Vice President, Microsoft 365 Security

I am thrilled to share that Forrester Research has named Microsoft Cloud App Security as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Cloud Security Gateways, Q2 2021. Additionally, Microsoft received the highest score in the strategy category.

People have increasingly used cloud apps to stay productive and connected during this challenging period. Organizations have accelerated the migration to the cloud to address their evolving needs. While the adoption of cloud apps offers a simple and cost-effective solution, it can also lead to a rise in shadow IT and creates an urgency to address new security and compliance requirements.

Our continued innovation in Microsoft Cloud App Security is focused on helping you gain visibility of your cloud apps, discover shadow IT, protect sensitive information anywhere in the cloud, enable protection against cyber threats, assess compliance, and manage security posture across clouds. We are honored to be recognized as a leader in this Forrester Wave for Cloud Security Gateways based on the strength of our security solution and strategy.

Microsoft placement in the Forrester Wave: Cloud Security Gateways, Q2 2021. Microsoft located in top right hand corner and identified as a Leader.

Microsoft cloud security solutions and strategies

Visibility and control across multi-cloud and software as a service (SaaS) environments: Most organizations have multi-cloud environments and use SaaS apps across different platforms. It is critical to gain visibility and enable protection across these environments. We are honored to be recognized in the Forrester report for the investments in securing multi-cloud environments including security policy management and recommendations for AWS and Google Cloud. You can see how Accenture is using Cloud App Security to safeguard its resources across Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365,, ServiceNOW, and other SaaS apps.

Comprehensive threat and information protection: Cloud App Security will help secure your sensitive information anywhere in the cloud and protect against cyber threats and anomalies. This Wave recognizes our investments in real-time malware and threat protection and gives the top rating possible in the criteria of capabilities like user threat protection and data loss prevention (DLP) reporting and integration. Learn how St. Luke’s University Health Network is using Cloud App Security to protect their data in the cloud and enable secure health communications to improve care.

Strong policy enforcement: Providing easy deployment, low implementation requirements, and helping enforce compliance standards quickly are key design principles for Cloud App Security. Forrester gave us the top scores possible in the administration management, sanctioned and unsanctioned apps management, DLP policy management, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) policy and runtime activity monitoring, and posture management criteria.

As security teams are tasked to do more with less in these challenging times, and as users are trying to remain productive while being secure, our team is here to help. To all our customers, thank you for joining us in this journey to safeguard cloud apps.

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Read this complimentary copy of The Forrester Wave™: Cloud Security Gateways, Q2 2021 for the analysis behind Microsoft’s position as a Leader.

Learn how 75 percent of threats can be eliminated due to increased visibility and automated threat protection with Cloud App Security in this Forrester Consulting Total Economic Impact™ study commissioned by Microsoft.

For more information about our cloud access security broker (CASB) solution, visit our Microsoft Cloud App Security page.

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