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Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps

Modernize how you secure your apps, protect your data, and elevate your app posture with software as a service (SaaS) security.

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Comprehensive SaaS security

Get full visibility of your SaaS app landscape and help protect your apps with Defender for Cloud Apps.

Get full visibility of your SaaS app landscape

Discover, control, and configure apps to ensure employees are using trusted and compliant applications.

Protect the data in all your SaaS apps

Classify and protect sensitive information at rest, in use, and in motion. Enable your employees to safely access and view files in apps.

Control how apps interact with each other

Gain insight into privileges, permissions, and apps that are accessing sensitive data on behalf of another application.

Defend against advanced cyberattacks using app signals

Defend against sophisticated cyberattacks using app signals as part of your advanced hunting in Microsoft Defender XDR. The scenario-based detections will enable your security operations center (SOC) to hunt across the entire cyberattack chain.

Defender for Cloud Apps capabilities

Cloud Discovery dashboard.

Discover and control the use of shadow IT

Learn how to identify SaaS apps and services your organization uses. Manage over 31,000 apps assessing risk factors to ensure compliance.

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Protect your sensitive information in all your apps

Understand, classify, and protect sensitive information at rest or use out-of-the box policies and automated processes to apply real-time controls to data accessed by apps.

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Protect against cyberthreats using advanced hunting in Microsoft Defender XDR

Detect unusual behavior across apps to identify ransomware, compromised users, and suspicious activity. Analyze usage of apps and mitigate risks.

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Help secure your organization with real-time controls

Use real-time controls to enable cyberthreat protection on your organization’s access points.

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Manage your SaaS app security posture

Investigate security configuration gaps in all your apps shown in Microsoft Secure Score and take action on recommendations from Defender for Cloud Apps.

App governance alert dashboard in Microsoft Defender XDR.

Gain security and policy management with app governance

App governance, included in Defender for Cloud Apps at no additional cost, monitors, governs, and protects OAuth-enabled and line-of-business apps that access Microsoft 365 data via Microsoft Graph APIs.

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Unified security operations platform

Secure your digital estate with the only security operations (SecOps) platform that unifies the full capabilities of extended detection and response (XDR) and security information and event management (SIEM).

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Unified portal

Detect and disrupt cyberthreats in near real time and streamline investigation and response.

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From CASB to SaaS security

Defender for Cloud Apps includes additional capabilities that extend beyond the traditional cloud access security broker (CASB) scope to strengthen app posture and protect against malicious cloud apps. Ensure holistic coverage for your apps by combining SaaS security posture management, data loss prevention, app-to-app protection, and integrated threat protection.

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Industry recognition

Microsoft Security is a recognized industry leader.


Microsoft is applauded for offering a comprehensive approach to SaaS security in this report from Omdia.1

Related products

Defend against cyberthreats with best-in-class security from Microsoft.

Microsoft Defender XDR

Get integrated cyberthreat protection across devices, identities, apps, email, data, and cloud workloads.

Microsoft Entra ID (formerly Azure Active Directory)

Safeguard your organization with a cloud identity and access management solution that connects employees, customers, and partners to their apps, devices, and data.

Microsoft Defender for Cloud

Protect your multicloud and hybrid environments.

Defender for Cloud Apps—documentation and training


What is SaaS security?

Learn more about how Defender for Cloud Apps follows a SaaS security model.


Watch a quick overview

Learn more about the core pillars of Defender for Cloud Apps.

Tech community

Join the Defender for Cloud Apps community

The Defender for Cloud Apps community welcomes enthusiasts, customers, and IT professionals.


Explore the top SaaS app use cases

Learn how to approach the top SaaS app use cases with Defender for Cloud Apps.

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[1] Omdia, Microsoft Recognizes the Need for a More Comprehensive SaaS Security Offering, Rik Turner, October 21, 2022.

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