Past-release archive of Microsoft Cloud App Security

Applies to: Microsoft Cloud App Security

This article is an archive that describes updates made in past releases of Cloud App Security. To see the latest what's new list, see What's new in Cloud App Security.

Updates made in 2017

Cloud App Security release 113

Released December 25, 2017

  • We're excited to announce that Cloud App Security now supports deepened integration with Azure Information Protection. This public preview feature enables you to scan and classify files in cloud apps, and automatically apply Azure Information protection labels for protection. This feature is available for Box, SharePoint, and OneDrive. For more information, see Azure Information Protection integration.

  • Cloud Discovery log parsers now support for generic formats: LEEF, CEF, and W3C.

Cloud App Security release 112

Released December 10, 2017

  • You can now access the relevant insight drawer by clicking on a username or IP address in the Activity log.
  • When investigating activities, you can now easily view all activities within the same time period from within the insight drawer by clicking on the clock icon. The clock icon enables you to view all activities done within 48 hours of the activity you're viewing.
  • Improvements were made to the Cloud Discovery log parser for Juniper SRX.
  • For activities monitored by the proxy, the Activity object was expanded to include information relevant to DLP scans. Matched policies were expanded to include DLP violations if they exist.

Cloud App Security release 111

Released November 26, 2017

  • Discovery policies now support app tags as a condition and as a governance action. This addition enables you to automatically tag newly discovered apps with custom tags such as Trending apps. You can also use the app tag as a filter. For example, “Alert me when an app in the ‘Watchlist’ has more than 100 users in a single day”.

  • The Time filter was improved to make it more user-friendly.

  • Content inspection now enables you to distinguish between content, metadata, and filename, enabling you to select which you want to inspect.

  • A new governance action was added for G Suite. You can now Reduce public access to shared files. This action enables you to set publicly available files to be available only with a shared link.

  • All OKTA logon activities to other applications will now show up in Cloud App Security as originating from OKTA. You can view and filter based on the target application to which the login was performed in the activity’s Activity objects field.

Cloud App Security release 110

Released November 12, 2017

  • Now generally available: We're starting to roll out a new deployment mode for the log collector. In addition to the current virtual-appliance based deployment, the new Docker (container) based log collector can be installed as a package on Ubuntu machines both on-premises and in Azure. When using the Docker, the hosting machine is owned by the customer, who can freely patch and monitor it.

  • Using the new blue question mark in the corner, you can now access the relevant Cloud App Security documentation page on from within the pages of the portal. Each link is context-sensitive, taking you to the information you need based on the page you’re on.

  • You can now send feedback from every page of the Cloud App Security portal. Feedback enables you to report bugs, request new features and share your experience directly with the Cloud App Security team.

  • Improvements were made to the Cloud discovery ability to recognize subdomains for deep-dive investigations into your organization’s cloud usage. For more information, see Working with discovered apps.

Cloud App Security release 109

Released October 29, 2017

  • Microsoft Cloud App Security proxy feature rollout has started. The Microsoft Cloud App Security proxy gives you the tools you need to have real-time visibility and control over access to your cloud environment, and activities within it. For example:

    • Avoid data leaks by blocking downloads before they happen.
    • Set rules that force data stored in and downloaded from the cloud to be protected with encryption.
    • Gain visibility into unprotected endpoints so you can monitor what's being done on unmanaged devices.
    • Control access from non-corporate networks or risky IP addresses.

    For more information, see Protect apps with Conditional Access App Control.

  • We're gradually rolling out the ability to filter according to specific service activity names. This new Activity Type filter is more granular, to enable you to monitor specific app activities, as opposed to more general activity types. For example, previously, you could filter for the Run command, and now you can filter for specific EXO cmdlets. The activity name can also be seen in the Activity drawer under Type (in app). This capability will eventually replace the Activity type filter.

  • Cloud discovery now supports Cisco ASA with FirePOWER.

  • Performance enhancements were made to the Discovery User and IP pages to improve user experience.

Cloud App Security releases 105, 106, 107, 108

Released September/October 2017

  • Cloud App Security now includes a data center located in the EU. In addition to our US data center, the EU data center will enable Cloud App Security customers to be in complete compliance with new and upcoming European standardization and certifications.
  • New filters were added to the App connectors page that provide you with simpler filtering and additional insight.
  • Cloud discovery on log files that have only destination IP information was improved.

Cloud App Security release 104

Released August 27, 2017

  • You can now add IP ranges in bulk by creating a script using the IP address ranges API. The API can be found from the Cloud App Security portal menu bar by clicking the question mark and then API documentation.
  • Cloud Discovery now provides better visibility for blocked transactions, by presenting both the total transactions as well as the blocked transactions.
  • You can now filter cloud applications based on whether they're certified with ISO 27017. This new Cloud App Catalog risk factor determines whether the application provider has this certification. ISO 27017 establishes commonly accepted controls and guidelines for processing and protecting user information in a public cloud computing environment.
  • To enable you to prepare for GDPR compliance, we gathered the GDPR readiness statements from the cloud apps in the Cloud App Catalog. It doesn’t yet affect the app risk score, but provides a link for you to the app publisher’s GDPR readiness page, when provided. Microsoft hasn't verified this content and isn't responsible for its validity.

Cloud App Security release 103

Released August 13, 2017

  • Cloud App Security added Azure Information Protection native protection support for the following Office files .docm, .docx, .dotm, .dotx, .xlam, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xltx, .xps, .potm, .potx, .ppsx, .ppsm, .pptm, .pptx, .thmx, .vsdx, .vsdm, .vssx, .vssm, .vstx, .vstm (in place of generic protection).

  • Any Azure Active Directory Compliance administrator will automatically be granted similar permissions in Cloud App Security. Permissions include the ability to read only and manage alerts, create and modify file policies, allow file governance actions, and view all the built-in reports under Data Management.

  • We extended the DLP violation context from 40 to 100 characters to help you better understand the context of the violation.

  • Detailed error messages to the Cloud Discovery Custom Log uploader to enable you to easily troubleshoot errors in log upload.

  • The Cloud Discovery block script was extended to support Zscaler format.

  • New Cloud App Catalog risk factor: data retention after account termination. This enables you to make sure that your data is completely removed after you terminate an account within a cloud app.

Cloud App Security release 102

Released July 30, 2017

  • Because IP address information is crucial for almost all investigations, you can now view detailed information about IP addresses in the Activity Drawer. From within a specific activity, you can now click on the IP address tab to view consolidated data about the IP address. The data includes the number of open alerts for the specific IP address, a trend graph of recent activity and a location map. This feature enables easy drill down. For example, when investigating impossible travel alerts, you can easily understand where the IP address was used and if it was involved in suspicious activities or not. You can perform actions directly in the IP address drawer that enable you to tag an IP address as risky, VPN, or corporate to ease future investigation and policy creation. For more information, see IP address insights

  • In Cloud Discovery, you can now use custom log formats for automated log uploads. Custom log formats enable you to easily automate log upload from your SIEMs such as Splunk servers or any other unsupported format.

  • The new user investigation actions enable an added level of drill-down to user investigations. From the Investigation pages, you can now right-click on an activity, user, or account and apply one of the following new filters for advanced investigation and filtration: View related activity, View related governance, View related alerts, View owned files, View files shared with this user.

  • The Cloud App Catalog now contains a new field for data retention after account termination. This risk factor enables you to make sure that your data is completely removed after you terminate an account within a cloud app.

  • Cloud App Security now has enhanced visibility into activities regarding Salesforce objects. Objects include leads, accounts, campaigns, opportunities, profiles, and cases. For example, visibility into access of account pages enables you to configure a policy that alert you if a user views an unusually large number of account pages. This is available through the Salesforce App Connector, when you have enabled Salesforce Event Monitoring in Salesforce (part of Salesforce Shield).

  • Do not track is now available for private preview customers! You can now control which users’ activity data is processed. This feature enables you to set specific groups in Cloud App Security as “Do not track”. For example, you can now decide not to process any activity data for users located in Germany or any country that is not bound by a specific compliance law. This can be implemented across all apps in Cloud App Security, for a specific app, or even for a specific subapp. Additionally, this feature can be used to facilitate gradual roll out of Cloud App Security. For more information or to join the private preview for this feature, contact support or your account representative.

Cloud App Security release 100

Released July 3, 2017

New features

  • Security extensions: Security extensions is a new dashboard for centralized management of all security extensions to Cloud App Security. Extensions include API token management, SIEM agents, and External DLP connectors. The new dashboard is available in Cloud App Security under “Settings”.

    • API tokens – generate and manage your own API tokens to integrate Cloud App Security with third-party software using our RESTful APIs.
    • SIEM agents – SIEM integration was previously located directly under “Settings”, now available as a tab in Security Extensions.
    • External DLP (Preview) – Cloud App Security allows you to leverage existing investments in third-party classification systems such as Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solutions, and enables you to scan the contents of cloud applications using existing deployments running in your environment. Contact your account manager to join the preview.
  • Automatically sanction/unsanction: New App detection policies give Cloud Discovery the ability to automatically set apps with Sanctioned/Unsanctioned label. This gives you the ability to automatically identify apps that are in violation of your organization’s policy and regulations and add them to the generated blocking script.

  • Cloud App Security file labels: You can now apply Cloud App Security file labels to now provide more insight into the files it scans. For each file scanned by Cloud App Security DLP, you can now know if the files were blocked from being inspected because they were encrypted or corrupted. For instance, you can set up policies to alert and quarantine password protected files that are shared externally. This feature is available for files scanned after July 3, 2017.

    You can filter for these files by using the filter Classification labels > Cloud App Security:

    • Azure RMS encrypted – files whose content wasn't inspected because they have Azure RMS encryption set.
    • Password encrypted – files whose content wasn't inspected because they're password protected by the user.
    • Corrupt file – files whose content wasn't inspected because their content couldn't be read.
  • User insights: The investigation experience was upgraded to enable out-of-the-box insights about the acting user. With a single click, you can now see a comprehensive overview of the users from the Activity drawer, Insights include which location they connected from, how many open alerts are they're involved with, and their metadata information.

  • App connector insights: Under App Connectors, each connected app now includes an app drawer in the table for easier drill-down into its status. Details that are provided include when the App connector was connected and last health check on the connector. You can also monitor the status of DLP scanning on each app: the total number of files inspected by DLP and the status of the real-time scans (requested scans vs. actual scans). You'll be able to tell if the rate of files scanned by Cloud App Security in real time is lower than the requested number, and whether your tenant might be exceeding its capacity and experiencing a delay in the DLP results.

  • Cloud App Catalog customization:

    • App tags: You can now create custom tags for apps. These tags can be used as filters for diving deeper into specific types of apps that you want to investigate. For example, custom watch list, assignment to a specific business unit, or custom approvals, such as “approved by legal”.
    • Custom notes: As you review and assess the different applications that were discovered across your environment, you can now save your conclusions and insights in the Notes.
    • Custom risk score: You can now override the risk score of an app. For example, if the risk score of an app is 8 and it's a sanctioned app in your organization, you can change the risk score to 10 for your organization. You can also add notes to make the justification of the change clear when anyone reviews the app.
  • New log collector deployment mode: We're starting to roll out a new deployment mode is now available for the log collector. In addition to the current virtual-appliance based deployment, the new Docker (container) based log collector can be installed as a package on Windows and Ubuntu machines both on-premises and in Azure. When using the Docker, the hosting machine is owned by the customer, who can freely patch and monitor it.


  • The Cloud App Catalog now supports over 15,000 discoverable apps
  • Compliance: Cloud App Security is officially SOC1/2/3 certified by Azure. For the full list of certifications, see Compliance offerings and filter the results for Cloud App Security.

Other improvements:

  • Improved parsing: Improvements were made in the Cloud Discovery log parsing mechanism. Internal errors are significantly less likely to occur.
  • Expected log formats: The expected log format for Cloud Discovery logs now provides examples for both Syslog format and FTP format.
  • Log collector upload status: You can now see the log collector status in the portal and troubleshoot errors faster using the in-portal status notifications and the system alerts.

Cloud App Security release 99

Released June 18, 2017

New Features

  • You can now require users to sign in again to all Office 365 and Azure AD apps. Require sign in again as a quick and effective remediation for suspicious user activity alerts and compromised accounts. You can find the new governance in the policy settings and the alert pages, next to the Suspend user option.
  • You can now filter for Add impersonation role assignment activities in the Activity log. This activity enables you to detect when an admin has granted an Application Impersonation role to any user or system account, using the cmdlet New-ManagementRoleAssignment. This role allows the impersonator to perform operations by using the permissions associated with the impersonated account, instead of the permissions associated with the impersonator’s account.

Cloud Discovery Improvements:

  • Cloud Discovery data can now be enriched with Azure Active Directory username data. When you enable this feature, the username received in the discovery traffic logs will be matched and replaced by the Azure AD username. Enriching enables the following new features:
    • You can investigate Shadow IT usage by Azure Active Directory user.
    • You can correlate the discovered cloud app use with the API collected activities.
    • You can then create custom logs based on Azure AD user groups. For example, a Shadow IT report for a specific Marketing department.
  • Improvements were made to the Juniper syslog parser. It now supports the welf and sd-syslog formats.
  • Improvements were made to the Palo Alto parser for better application discovery.
  • To verify that logs are being successfully uploaded, you can now see the status of your log collectors in the Cloud App Security portal.

General improvements:

  • Built-in IP address tags and custom IP tags are now considered hierarchically, with custom IP tags taking precedence over built-in IP tags. For instance, if an IP address is tagged as Risky based on threat intelligence, but there's a custom IP tag that identifies it as Corporate, the custom category and tags will take precedence.

Cloud App Security release 98

Released June 4, 2017

Cloud Discovery updates:

  • Users can now perform advanced filtering on discovered apps. Filtering enables you to perform deep investigation. For example, filtering apps based on usage. Wow much upload traffic from discovered apps of certain types? How many users used certain categories of discovered apps? You can also perform multi-selection in the left panel to select multiple categories.
  • Started roll out of new templates for Cloud Discovery that are based on popular searches such as "non-compliant cloud storage app". These basic filters can be used as templates to perform analysis on your discovered apps.
  • For ease of use, you can now do actions such as sanction and unsanction across multiple apps in one action.
  • We're now rolling out the ability to create custom discovery reports based on Azure Active Directory user groups. For example, if you want to see the cloud use of your marketing department, you can import the marketing group using the import user group feature, then create a custom report for this group.

New features:

  • RBAC for Security Readers completed roll out. This feature enables you to manage the permissions you grant to your admins inside the Cloud App Security console. By default, all Azure Active Directory admins, Office 365 Global admins, and Security admins have full permissions in the portal. All Security readers in Azure Active Directory and Office 365 have read-only access in Cloud App Security. You can add additional admins or override permissions using the “Manage Access” option. For more information, see Managing admin permissions.
  • We're now rolling out detailed threat intelligence reports for risky IP addresses detected by Microsoft intelligent security graph. When an activity is performed by a botnet, you'll see the name of the botnet (if available) with a link to a detailed report about the specific botnet.

Cloud App Security release 97

Released May 24, 2017

New features:

  • Investigate files and policy violations: You can now see all policy matches in the Files page. Additionally, the File Alert page has been improved to now include a separate tab for History of the specific file. The improvement enables you to drill down into the violation history across all policies for the specific file. Every History event includes a snapshot of the file at the time of the alert. It will include an indication of whether the file was deleted or quarantined.
  • Admin quarantine is now available in private preview for Office 365 SharePoint and OneDrive for Business files. This feature enables you to quarantine files that match policies or set an automated action to quarantine them. Quarantining removes the files from the user’s SharePoint directory and copies the originals to the admin quarantine location you choose.

Cloud Discovery improvements:

  • Cloud Discovery support for Cisco Meraki logs has been improved.
  • The option to suggest an improvement to Cloud Discovery now enables you to suggest new risk factor.
  • The custom log parser was improved to support log formats by separating the setting of time and date and to give you the option to set timestamp.
  • Starting to roll out the ability to create custom discovery reports based on Azure Active Directory user groups. For example, if you want to see the cloud use of your marketing department, import the marketing group using the import user group feature, and then create a custom report for this group.

Other updates:

  • Cloud App Security now includes support for the Microsoft Power BI activities that are supported in the Office 365 audit log. This feature is being rolled out gradually. You need to enable this functionality in the Power BI portal.
  • In activity policies, you can now set notify and suspend actions to be taken on the user across all connected apps. For example, you can set a policy to always notify the user's manager and suspend the user immediately whenever the user has multiple failed logins in any connected app.

OOB release

  • In a speedy reaction to the ransomware sweeping the globe, on Sunday, the Cloud App Security team added a new Potential ransomware activity detection policy template to the portal that includes the signature extension of WannaCrypt. We advise you to the set this policy today.

Cloud App Security release 96

Released May 8, 2017

New features:

  • Continuing the gradual roll out of the Security Reader permission, which enables you to manage the permissions you grant to your admins inside the Cloud App Security console. By default, all Azure Active Directory and Office 365 Global admins and Security admins have full permissions in the portal. All Security readers in Azure Active Directory and Office 365 will have read-only access in Cloud App Security. For more information, see Managing admin permissions.
  • Completed roll out of Cloud Discovery support for user-defined log parsers for CSV-based logs. Cloud App Security enables you to configure a parser for your previously unsupported appliances by providing you with the tools to delineate which columns correlate to specific data. For more information, see Custom log parser.


  • Cloud Discovery now supports Juniper SSG appliances.

  • Cloud Discovery support for Cisco ASA logs has been improved for better visibility.

  • You can now more easily run bulk actions and select multiple records in Cloud App Security portal tables: the page length has been increased to improve bulk operations.

  • The Outbound sharing by domain, and Owners of shared files built-in reports can now be run for Salesforce data.

  • We're starting rollout of additional Salesforce activities enabling you to track interesting information that was extracted from the activity data. These activities include viewing and editing accounts, leads, opportunities, and various other interesting Salesforce objects.

  • New activities were added for Exchange to enable you to monitor which permissions were granted for user mailboxes or mailbox folders. These activities include:

    • Add recipient permissions
    • Remove recipient permissions
    • Add mailbox folder permissions
    • Remove mailbox folder permissions
    • Set mailbox folder permissions

    For example, you can now monitor users who were granted SendAs permissions to other users’ mailboxes and as a result can now send emails in their name.

Cloud App Security release 95

Released April 24, 2017


  • The Accounts page has been updated with improvements that make detecting risks easier. You can now more easily filter for internal and external accounts. See at a glance whether a user has admin permissions. You can perform actions on each account per-app such as remove permissions, remove user’s collaborations, suspend user. Additionally, imported user groups for each account will be displayed.

  • For Microsoft work accounts (Office 365 and Azure Active Directory), Cloud App Security groups different user identifiers such as proxy addresses, aliases, SID, and more under a single account. All aliases related to an account will appear under the primary email address. Based on the list of user identifiers, for activities whose actor is a user identifier, the actor will be displayed as the primary user name UPN (User Principal Name). Based on the UPN, groups will be assigned and policies applied. This change will improve investigation of activities and fuse all related activities to the same session for anomalies and group-based policies. This feature will be gradually rolled out over the next month.

  • The Robot tag was added as a possible risk factor in the Browser Use built-in report. Now, in addition to browser use being tagged as outdated, you can see when browser use was performed by a robot.

  • When creating a content inspection file policy, you can now set the filter to include only files with at least 50 matches.

Cloud App Security release 94

Released April 2, 2017

New features:

  • Cloud App Security is now integrated with Azure RMS. You can protect files in Office 365 OneDrive and Sharepoint Online with Microsoft Rights Management directly from the Cloud App Security portal. Protection can be accomplished from the Files page. For more information, see Integrating with Azure Information Protection. Support for additional applications will be available in future versions.
  • Up until now, when robot and crawler activities take place on your network, it was especially hard to identify because the activities are not performed by a user on your network. Without your knowledge, bots and crawlers can run malicious tools on your computers. Now, Cloud App Security gives you the tools to see when robots and crawlers are performing activities on your network. You can use the new user agent tag to filter activities in the activity log. The user agent tag enables you to filter all activities performed by robots and you can use it to create a policy that alerts you each time this type of activity is detected. You'll be updated when future releases will include this risky activity as embedded into the anomaly detection alerts.
  • The new unified app permissions page enables you to more easily investigate the permissions your users have given to third-party apps. By clicking on Investigate > App permissions, you can now view a list of all the permissions your users gave to third-party apps. A page of app permissions per connected app enables you to better compare between the various apps and the permissions granted. For more information, see Manage app permissions.
  • You can filter data right from the table drawer for easier investigation. In the Activity log, the Files table and App permissions pages are now enhanced with new contextual actions that makes pivoting in the investigation process a lot easier. We also added quick links to configuration pages and the ability to copy data with a single click. For more information, see the information about working with the file and activity drawers.
  • Support for Microsoft Teams to Office 365 Activity logs and alerts rollout was completed.

Cloud App Security release 93

Released March 20, 2017

New features:

  • You can now apply policies to include or exclude imported user groups.
  • Cloud App Security Anonymization now enables you to configure a custom encryption key. For more information, see Cloud Discovery anonymization.
  • In order to have more control over user and account management, you now have direct access to Azure AD account settings for each user and account from within the Account page. Just click the cog next to each user. This change enables easier access to advanced user management features group management, configuration of MFA, details about user sign-ins, and the ability to block sign-in.
  • You can now export a blocking script for unsanctioned apps via the Cloud App Security API. Learn about our APIs in the Cloud App Security portal by clicking the question mark in the menu bar, followed by API documentation.
  • The Cloud App Security app connector for ServiceNow was expanded to include support for OAuth tokens (as introduced in Geneva, Helsinki, Istanbul). This change provides a more robust API connection to ServiceNow that doesn't rely on the deploying user. For more information, see Connect ServiceNow to Microsoft Cloud App Security. Existing customers can update their settings in the ServiceNow App connector page.
  • If you configured additional third-party DLP scanners, DLP scan status will now show the status of each connector independently to improve visibility.
  • Cloud App Security now includes support for the Microsoft Teams activities that are supported in the Office 365 audit log. This feature is being rolled out gradually.
  • For Exchange Online impersonation events, you can now filter by the permission level used - delegated, admin, or delegated admin. You can search for events displaying the impersonation level that interests you in the Activity log by searching for Activity objects > Item.
  • In the app drawer on the App Permissions tab of Office 365 apps, you can now see the Publisher of each app. You can also use the Publisher as a filter for investigation of additional apps from the same publisher.
  • Risky IP addresses now show up as an independent risk factor rather than weighted under the general Location risk factor.
  • When Azure Information Protection labels are disabled on a file, the disabled labels will appear as disabled in Cloud App Security. Deleted labels won't be displayed.

Additional Salesforce support:

  • You can now suspend and unsuspend Salesforce users in Cloud App Security. This action can be accomplished in the Accounts tab of the Salesforce Connector. Click the cog at the end of the row of a specific user and selectSuspend or Unsuspend. Suspend and unsuspend can also be applied as a governance action as part of a policy. All suspend and unsuspend activities taken in Cloud App Security will be logged in the Governance log.
  • Improved visibility to Salesforce content sharing: You can now see which files were shared with whom, including publicly shared files, files shared with groups, and files shared with the entire Salesforce domain. Improved visibility will be rolled out retroactively to new and current connected Salesforce apps, it may take a while for this information to update the first time.
  • We improved coverage for the following Salesforce events, and separated them out of the Manage users activity:
    • Edit permissions
    • Create user
    • Change role
    • Reset password

Cloud App Security release 90, 91, 92

Released February 2017

Special announcement:

Cloud App Security is now officially certified with Microsoft Compliance for ISO, HIPAA, CSA STAR, EU model clauses, and more. See the full list of certifications in the Microsoft Compliance Offerings article by selecting Cloud App Security.

New features:

  • Import user groups (preview) When you connect apps using API connectors, Cloud App Security now enables you to import user groups, from Office 365 and Azure Active Directory. Typical scenarios that leverage imported user groups include: investigating which docs the HR people look at, or you can check if there's something unusual happening in the executive group, or if someone from the admin group performed an activity outside the US. For details and instructions, see Importing user groups.

  • In the Activity log, you can now filter users and users in groups to show which activities were performed by a specific user, and which were performed on a specific user. For example, you can investigate activities in which the user impersonated others, and activities in which others impersonated this user. For more information, see Activities.

  • When investigating a file in the Files page, if you drill down into the Collaborators of a specific file, you can now see more information about the collaborators. This information includes if they're Internal or External, Writers or Readers (file permissions), and when a file is shared with a group you can now see all users who are members of the group. Seeing all users enables you to see if the group members are external users.

  • IPv6 support is now available for all appliances.

  • Cloud Discovery now supports Barracuda appliances.

  • Cloud App Security system alerts now cover SIEM connectivity errors. For more information, see SIEM integration.

  • Cloud App Security now includes support for the following activities:

    • Office 365, SharePoint/OneDrive: Update application configuration, Remove owner from group, Delete site, Create folder

    • Dropbox: Add member to group, Remove member from group, Create group, Rename group, Change team member name

    • Box: Remove item from group, Update item share, Add user to group, Remove user from group

Cloud App Security release 89

Released January 22, 2017

New features:

  • We're starting to roll out the ability to view Office 365 Security and Compliance Center DLP events in Cloud App Security. If you configured DLP policies in the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center, when policy matches are detected, you'll see them in the Cloud App Security Activity log. The information in the Activity log will include the file or email that triggered the match as and the policy or alert that it matched. The Security event activity allows you to view Office 365 DLP policy matches in the Cloud App Security activity log. Using this feature, you can:

    • See all DLP matches coming from the Office 365 DLP engine.
    • Alert on Office 365 DLP policy matches for a specific file, SharePoint site, or policy.
    • Investigate DLP matches with a broader context, for example- external users who accessed or downloaded a file that triggered a DLP policy match.
  • The activity descriptions have been improved for clarity and consistency. Each activity now provides a feedback button. If there are some things you don’t understand or have a question about, you can let us know.


  • A new governance action was added for Office 365 that enables you to remove all external users of a file. For instance, this action enables you to implement policies that remove external shares from files with internal only classification.
  • Improved identification of external users in SharePoint online. When filtering for the “external users” group, app@"sharepoint" system account won't show up.

Cloud App Security release 88

Released January 8, 2017

New features:

  • Connect your SIEM to Cloud App Security. You can now send alerts and activities automatically to your SIEM of choice by configuring SIEM Agents. Now available as a public preview. For full documentation and details, take a look at Integrating with SIEM.
  • Cloud Discovery now supports IPv6. We rolled out support for Palo Alto and Juniper, and more appliances will be rolled out in future releases.


  • There's a new risk factor in the Cloud App Catalog. You can now rate an app based on whether it Requires user authentication. Apps that enforce authentication and don't allow anonymous use will receive a healthier risk score.
  • We're rolling out new activity descriptions to be more usable and consistent. Searching for activities will not be affected by this change.
  • We included improved user-device identification, enabling Cloud App Security to enrich a larger number of events with device information.

Updates made in 2016

Cloud App Security release 87

Released December 25, 2016

New features:

  • We're in the process of rolling out data anonymization so that you can enjoy Cloud Discovery while protecting user privacy. The data anonymization is performed by encrypting username information.
  • We are in the process of rolling out the ability to export a blocking script from Cloud App Security to additional appliances. The script will allow you to easily reduce shadow IT by blocking traffic to unsanctioned apps. This option is now available for:
    • BlueCoat ProxySG
    • Cisco ASA
    • Fortinet
    • Juniper SRX
    • Palo Alto
    • Websense
  • A new File governance action was added that enables you to force a file to Inherit permissions from parent, deleting any unique permissions that were set for the file or folder. This file governance action enables you to change your file or folder’s permissions to be inherited from the parent folder.
  • A new user group was added called External. This group is a default user group that is pre-configured by Cloud App Security to include all users who aren't part of your internal domains. You can use this user group as a filter. For example, you can find activities performed by external users.
  • The Cloud Discovery feature now supports Sophos Cyberoam appliances.

Bug fixes:

  • SharePoint online and One Drive for Business files were displayed in the File policy report and in the Files page as Internal instead of Private. This bug was fixed.

Cloud App Security release 86

Released December 13, 2016

New features:

  • All Cloud App Security standalone licenses provide you with the ability to enable Azure Information Protection scanning from the general settings (without the need to create a policy).


  • You can now use “or” in the file filter for the file name and in the MIME type filter for files and policies. This change enables scenarios such as entering the word “passport” OR “driver” when creating a policy for personal data. The filter will match any file that has “passport” or “driver” in the filename.
  • By default, when a DLP content inspection policy runs, the data in the resulting violations is masked. You can now unmask the last four characters of the violation.

Minor improvements:

  • New Office 365 (Exchange) mailbox-related events having to do with forwarding rules and adding and removing delegate mailbox permissions.
  • New event that audits the granting of consent to new apps in Azure Active Directory.

Cloud App Security release 85

Released November 27, 2016

New features:

  • A distinction was made between sanctioned apps and connected apps. Sanctioning and unsanctioning is now a tag that can be applied to discovered apps and any app in the app catalog. Connected apps are apps that you connected using the API connector for deeper visibility and control. You can now tag apps as sanctioned or unsanctioned or connect them using the app connector, where available.
  • As part of this change, the Sanctioned apps page was replaced with a redesigned Connected apps page that externalizes status data about the connectors.
  • The log collectors are more easily accessible in their own line in the Settings menu under Sources.
  • When creating an activity policy filter, you can reduce false positives by choosing to ignore repeated activities when they're performed on the same target object by the same user. For example, multiple attempts to download the same file by the same person won't trigger an alert.
  • Improvements were made to the activity drawer. Now, when you click on an activity object in the activity drawer, you can drill down for more information.


  • Improvements were made to the anomaly detection engine, including the impossible travel alerts, for which IP information is now available in the alert description.
  • Improvements were made to the complex filters to enable adding the same filter more than once for fine-tuning of filtered results.
  • File and folder activities in Dropbox were separated for better visibility.

Bug fixes:

  • A bug in the system alerts mechanism that created false positives was fixed.

Cloud App Security release 84

Released November 13, 2016

New features:

  • Cloud App Security now supports for Microsoft Azure Information Protection including enhanced integration and autoprovisioning. You can filter your Files and set File policies using the Tag Secure Classification and then set the classification label you want to view. The labels also indicate whether the classification was set by someone in your organization or by people from another tenant (External). You can also set activity policies, based on the Azure Information Protection classification labels and enable automatic scan for classification labels in Office 365. For more information on how to take advantage of this great new feature, see Integrating with Azure Information Protection.


  • Improvements were made to the Cloud App Security activity log:
    • Office 365 events from the Security and Compliance Center are now integrated with Cloud App Security and are visible in the Activity log.
    • All Cloud App Security activity is registered in the Cloud App Security activity log as administrative activity.
  • To help you investigate file-related alerts, in each alert that results from a file policy, you can now view the list of activities that were performed on the matched file.
  • The impossible travel algorithm in the anomaly detection engine was improved to provide better support for small tenants.

Minor improvements:

  • The Activity export limit was raised to 10,000.
  • When creating a Snapshot report in the Cloud Discovery manual log upload process, you now receive an accurate estimate for how long the log processing will take.
  • In a file policy, the Remove collaborator governance action now works on groups.
  • Minor improvements were made in the App permissions page.
  • When more than 10,000 users have granted permissions to an app that connects to Office 365, the list loaded slowly. This slowness has been fixed.
  • Additional attributes were added to the App catalog regarding the payment card industry.

Cloud App Security release 83

Released October 30, 2016

New features:

  • To simplify filtering in the activity log and file log, similar filters have been consolidated. Use the activity filters: Activity object, IP address, and User. Use the file filter Collaborators to find exactly what you need.
  • From the activity log drawer, under Source, you can click the link for View raw data. This action downloads the raw data used to generate the activity log for greater drill down into app events.
  • Added support for additional login activities in Okta. [Private preview]
  • Added support for additional login activities in Salesforce.


  • Improved usability for Cloud Discovery snapshot reports and troubleshooting.
  • Improved visibility in the alerts list for alerts on multiple apps.
  • Improved usability when creating new Cloud Discovery continuous reports.
  • Improved usability in the Governance log.

Cloud App Security release 82

Released October 9, 2016


  • The activities Change email and Change password are now independent from the generic Manage users activity in Salesforce.
  • Added a clarification for the SMS daily alert limit. A maximum of 10 messages are sent per phone number, per day (UTC).
  • A new certificate was added to the Cloud Discovery attributes for Privacy Shield, which replaced Safe Harbor (relevant for US vendors only).
  • Troubleshooting has been added to the API connector failure messages to make it easier to remediate problems.
  • Improvement in the update frequency of Office 365 third-party app scan.
  • Improvements in the Cloud Discovery dashboard.
  • The Checkpoint Syslog parser was improved.
  • Improvements in the Governance Log for banning and unbanning third-party apps.

Bug fixes:

  • Improved process for uploading a logo.

Cloud App Security release 81

Released September 18, 2016


  • Cloud App Security is now a first-party app in Office 365! From now on, you can connect Office 365 to Cloud App Security in a single click.

  • New look to the Governance log- it was now upgraded to the same clear a useful look as the Activity log and Files table. Use the new filters to easily find what you need and monitor your governance actions.

  • Improvements were made to the anomaly detection engine for multiple failed logins and additional risk factors.

  • Improvements were made to the Cloud Discovery snapshot reports.

  • Improvements were made to administrative activities in the activity log; Change password, Update user, Reset password now indicate whether the activity was performed as an administrative activity.

  • The alert filters for system alerts were improved.

  • The label for a policy within an alert now links back to the policy report.

  • If there's no owner specified for a Dropbox file, notification email messages are sent to the recipient you set.

  • Cloud App Security supports an additional 24 languages extending our support to a total of 41 languages.

Cloud App Security release 80

Released September 4, 2016


  • When the DLP scan fails, you're now provided with an explanation of why Cloud App Security couldn't scan the file. For more information, see Content Inspection.
  • Improvements were made to the anomaly detection engines, including improvements in the impossible travel alerts.
  • Improvements were made to the dismiss alert experience. You can also add feedback so that you can let the Cloud App Security team know whether the alert was interesting and why. Your feedback will be used to improve the Cloud App Security detections.
  • The Cisco ASA Cloud Discovery parsers were improved.
  • You now receive an email notification when your Cloud Discovery log manual upload completes.

Cloud App Security release 79

Released August 21, 2016

New features:

  • New Cloud Discovery Dashboard - A brand new Cloud Discovery dashboard is available, designed to give you more insight into how cloud apps are being used in your organization. It provides an at-a-glance overview of what kinds of apps are being used, your open alerts and the risk levels of apps in your organization. It also lets you know who the top app users are in your organization and provides an App Headquarter location map. The new Dashboard has more options for filtering the data, to allow you to generate specific views, depending on what you're most interested in, and easy-to-understand graphics to give you the full picture at a glance.

  • New Cloud Discovery reports - To view Cloud Discovery results, you can now generate two types of reports, Snapshot reports and Continuous reports. Snapshot reports provide ad-hoc visibility on a set of traffic logs you manually upload from your firewalls and proxies. Continuous reports show the results of all logs that are forwarded from your network using Cloud App Security’s log collectors. These new reports provide improved visibility over all data, automatic identification of anomalous use as identified by the Cloud App Security machine learning anomaly detection engine, and identification of anomalous use as defined by you using the robust and granular policy engine. For more information, see Set up Cloud Discovery.


  • General usability improvements in the following pages: Policy pages, General settings, Mail settings.
  • In the Alerts table, it's now easier to distinguish between read and unread alerts. The read alerts have a blue line to the left and are grayed out to indicate that you already read them.
  • The Activity policy Repeated activity parameters were updated.
  • In the Accounts page, a user Type column was added so you can now see what type of user account each user has. The user types are app-specific.
  • Near real-time support was added for file-related activities in OneDrive and SharePoint. When a file changes, Cloud App Security triggers a scan almost immediately.

Cloud App Security release 78

Released August 7, 2016


  • From a specific file, you can now right-click and Find related. From the Activity log, you can use the Target object filter then select the specific file.

  • Improved Cloud Discovery Log file parsers, including the addition of Juniper and Cisco ASA.

  • Cloud App Security now enables you to provide feedback for the improvement of alerts, when you dismiss an alert. You can help improve the quality of the Cloud App Security alert feature by letting us know why you're dismissing the alert. For example, it's not interesting, you received too many similar alerts, the actual severity should be lower, the alert isn't accurate.

  • In the File policy view, or when viewing a file, when you open the file drawer, the new link to Matched policies was added. When you click on it, you can view all the matches and you're now enabled to dismiss all.

  • The organizational unit a user belongs to is now added to all relevant alerts.

  • An email notification is now sent to let you know when processing completes for your manually uploaded logs.

Cloud App Security release 77

Released July 24, 2016


  • The Cloud Discovery Export button icon was improved for usability.
  • When investigating an activity, if the user agent wasn't parsed, you can now see the raw data.
  • Two new risk factors were added to the Anomaly Detection engine:
    • Cloud App Security now uses the IP address tags that are associated with a botnet and anonymous IP addresses as part of the calculation of Risk.
    • Office 365 activity is now monitored for high-download rates. If the Office 365 download rate is much higher than your organization's, or a specific user's, normal download rate, an Anomaly Detection alert is triggered.
  • Cloud App Security is now compatible with the new Dropbox Secure Sharing functionality API.
  • Improvements were made to add details to the Discovery log parsing errors, including: No cloud-related transactions, All events are outdated, Corrupted file, Log format doesn't match.
  • The Activity log date filter was improved; it now includes the ability to filter by time.
  • The IP address ranges page was improved for usability.
  • Cloud App Security now includes support for Microsoft Azure Information Protection (Preview version). You can filter your Files and set File policies using the Tag Secure Classification. Then, set the level of the classification label you want to view. The labels also indicate whether the classification was set by someone in your organization or by people from another tenant (External).

Cloud App Security release 76

Released: July 10, 2016


  • Lists of users in built-in Reports can now be exported.
  • Improved usability for aggregated activity policy.
  • Improved support for the TMG W3C firewall log message parser.
  • Improved usability for the file governance action drop-down, which is now separated into collaboration, security and investigation actions.
  • Improved Impossible Travel detection for Exchange Online activity of: Send mail.
  • A new list of titles (breadcrumbs) was added to the top of the Alerts and Policy pages to make navigation easier.

Bug fixes:

  • The preset expression for Credit Card in the DLP setting for File Policies was changed to All: Finance: Credit Card.

Cloud App Security release 75

Released: June 27, 2016

New features:

  • New additions were added to our growing list of supported Salesforce events. Events include providing insights into reports, shared links, content distribution, impersonated login and more.
  • The connected app icons on the Cloud App Security dashboard were aligned with the status of the apps as displayed on the dashboard to reflect the last 30 days.
  • Support for full-width screens.

Bug fixes:

  • SMS alert phone numbers are now validated upon insertion.

Cloud App Security release 74

Released: June 13, 2016

  • The Alert screen was updated to provide you with more information at a glance. Updates include the ability to see all user activities at a glance, a map of activities, related user governance logs, a description of the reason the alert is triggered, and additional graphs and maps from the user page.
  • Events generated by Cloud App Security now include the event type, format, policy groups, related objects, and a description.
  • New IP address tags were added for Office 365 ProPlus, OneNote, Office Online, and Exchange Online Protection.
  • You now have an option to upload logs from the main discovery menu.
  • The IP address category filter was improved. The IP address category null is now called uncategorized. A new category called No value was added to include all activities that have no IP address data.
  • Security groups in Cloud App Security are now called user groups to avoid confusion with Active Directory security groups.
  • It's now possible to filter per IP address, and filter out events without an IP address.
  • Changes were made to the settings for notification emails sent when matches are detected in Activity Policies and File Policies. You can now add email addresses for recipients you want to CC with the notification.

Cloud App Security release 73

Released: May 29, 2016

  • Updated alert capabilities: You can now set alerts per policy to be sent via email or sent as a text message.
  • Alerts page: Improved design to better enable advanced resolution options and incident management.
  • Adjust policy: Alerts now enable you to move from alert resolution options directly to the policy settings page to enable easier fine-tuning based on alerts.
  • Improvements to anomaly detection risk score calculation and reduced false-positive rate based on customer feedback.
  • Activity log export now includes Event ID, Event Category, and Event Type Name.
  • Improved appearance and usability of policy creation Governance Actions.
  • Simplified investigation and control for Office 365 - Selection of Office 365 automatically selects all apps that are part of the Office 365 Suite.
  • Notifications are now sent to the email address as configured in the connected app.
  • Upon connection error, a detailed description of the error is now provided by the cloud app.
  • When a file matches a policy, a URL to access the file is now provided in the file drawer.
  • When an alert is triggered by an activity policy or an anomaly detection policy, a new detailed notification is sent that provides information about the match.
  • An automated system alert is triggered when an app connector is disconnected.
  • You can now dismiss and resolve a single alert or a bulk selection of alerts from within the alerts page.

Cloud App Security release 72

Released: May 15, 2016

  • General appearance and infrastructure improvements, including:

    • New diagram to provide more assistance with the Cloud Discovery manual log upload process.
    • Improved process for updating unrecognized ("Other") log files. This process includes a pop-up that lets you know that the file requires additional review. You'll be notified when the data is available.
    • More activity and file violations are highlighted when investigating an activity and file log for outdated browsers and operating systems.
  • Improved Cloud Discovery Log file parsers, including the addition of Cisco ASA, Cisco FWSM, Cisco Meraki, and W3C.

  • Cloud Discovery known issue improvements.

  • New activity filters added for owner's domain and internal/external affiliation.

  • A new filter was added that enables you to search for any Office 365 object (files, folders, URLs).

  • The ability was added to configure a minimal risk score for Anomaly detection policies.

  • When you set an alert to be sent when a policy is violated, you can now set a minimum severity level for which you want to be alerted. You can choose to use your organization's default setting for this and you can set a specific alert setting as the default for your organization.

Next steps

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