What are the differences between Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps and Office 365 Cloud App Security?

Note

We've renamed Microsoft Cloud App Security. It's now called Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps. In the coming weeks, we'll update the screenshots and instructions here and in related pages. For more information about the change, see this announcement. To learn more about the recent renaming of Microsoft security services, see the Microsoft Ignite Security blog.

This article describes the differences between Defender for Cloud Apps and Office 365 Cloud App Security.

For information about licensing, see the Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps licensing datasheet.

Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps

Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is a comprehensive cross-SaaS solution bringing deep visibility, strong data controls, and enhanced threat protection to your cloud apps. With this service, you can gain visibility into Shadow IT by discovering cloud apps in use. You can control and protect data in the apps once you sanction them to the service.

Office 365 Cloud App Security

Office 365 Cloud App Security is a subset of Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps that provides enhanced visibility and control for Office 365. Office 365 Cloud App Security includes threat detection based on user activity logs, discovery of Shadow IT for apps that have similar functionality to Office 365 offerings, control app permissions to Office 365, and apply access and session controls. Office 365 Cloud App Security has access to all of the features of Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps, but supports only the Office 365 app connector.

Note

Office 365 Cloud App Security is accessed through the same portal as Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps. It is bundled with the Office 365 E5 subscription. Depending on your license, you'll either have access to Office 365 Cloud App Security or the entire Defender for Cloud Apps solution.

Feature support

Capability Feature Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps Office 365 Cloud App Security
Cloud Discovery Discovered apps 25,000 + cloud apps 750+ cloud apps with similar functionality to Office 365
Deployment for discovery analysis
  • Manual upload
  • Automated upload - Log collector and API
  • Native Defender for Endpoint integration
  • Manual log upload
    Log anonymization for user privacy Yes
    Access to full Cloud App Catalog Yes
    Cloud app risk assessment Yes
    Cloud usage analytics per app, user, IP address Yes
    Ongoing analytics & reporting Yes
    Anomaly detection for discovered apps Yes
    Information Protection Data Loss Prevention (DLP) support Cross-SaaS DLP and data sharing control Uses existing Office DLP (available in Office E3 and above)
    App permissions and ability to revoke access Yes Yes
    Policy setting and enforcement Yes
    Integration with Azure Information Protection Yes
    Integration with third-party DLP solutions Yes
    Threat Detection Anomaly detection and behavioral analytics For Cross-SaaS apps including Office 365 For Office 365 apps
    Manual and automatic alert remediation Yes Yes
    SIEM connector Yes. Alerts and activity logs for cross-SaaS apps. For Office 365 alerts only
    Integration to Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph Yes Yes
    Activity policies Yes Yes
    Conditional Access App Control Real-time session monitoring and control Any cloud and on-premises app For Office 365 apps
    Cloud Platform Security Security configurations For Azure, AWS, and GCP For Azure

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