How Cloud App Security helps protect your Google Cloud Platform (GCP) environment

Applies to: Microsoft Cloud App Security

Google Cloud Platform is an IaaS provider that enables your organization to host and manage their entire workloads in the cloud. Along with the benefits of leveraging infrastructure in the cloud, your organization's most critical assets may be exposed to threats. Exposed assets include storage instances with potentially sensitive information, compute resources that operate some of your most critical applications, ports, and virtual private networks that enable access to your organization.

Connecting GCP to Cloud App Security helps you secure your assets and detect potential threats by monitoring administrative and sign-in activities, notifying on possible brute force attacks, malicious use of a privileged user account, and unusual deletions of VMs.

Main threats

  • Abuse of cloud resources
  • Compromised accounts and insider threats
  • Data leakage
  • Resource misconfiguration and insufficient access control

How Cloud App Security helps to protect your environment

Control GCP with built-in policies and policy templates

You can use the following built-in policy templates to detect and notify you about potential threats:

Type Name
Built-in anomaly detection policy Activity from anonymous IP addresses
Activity from infrequent country
Activity from suspicious IP addresses
Impossible travel
Activity performed by terminated user (requires AAD as IdP)
Multiple failed login attempts
Unusual administrative activities
Multiple delete VM activities
Unusual multiple VM creation activities (preview)
Activity policy template Changes to compute engine resources
Changes to StackDriver configuration
Changes to storage resources
Changes to Virtual Private Network
Logon from a risky IP address

For more information about creating policies, see Create a policy.

Automate governance controls

In addition to monitoring for potential threats, you can apply and automate the following GCP governance actions to remediate detected threats:

Type Action
User governance - Require user to reset password to Google (requires connected linked G Suite instance)
- Suspend user (requires connected linked G Suite instance)
- Notify user on alert (via Azure AD)
- Require user to sign in again (via Azure AD)
- Suspend user (via Azure AD)

For more information about remediating threats from apps, see Governing connected apps.

Protect GCP in real time

Review our best practices for securing and collaborating with external users and blocking and protecting the download of sensitive data to unmanaged or risky devices.

Next steps