What is new in Office 365 Cloud App Security

Summary Read this article to get a quick overview of updates and new features in Office 365 Cloud App Security (formerly known as Office 365 Advanced Security Management), which is powered by Microsoft Cloud App Security.

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This article is updated frequently, as features are added or improved. Office 365 Cloud App Security updates are released approximately two weeks after Microsoft Cloud App Security updates, and not all Microsoft Cloud App Security updates apply to Office 365 Cloud App Security. In addition, new features might take a week or more after their release date to show up in your Office 365 Cloud App Security environment.

Office 365 Cloud App Security release 137

Releases December 8, 2018

Following Microsoft Cloud App Security release 137:

  • Added support for Dynamics Cloud App Security now includes support for the Microsoft Dynamics activities that are supported in the Office 365 audit log.

  • Heads up – new terminology! The name of the App permissions capabilities was changed for clarity – it is now called OAuth apps.

Office 365 Cloud App Security release 136

Released November 25, 2018

Following Microsoft Cloud App Security release 136:

  • Cloud Discovery updates The custom log parser was enhanced to support additional and more complex web traffic logs formats. As part of these enhancements users can now input custom headers for headerless CSV log files, use special delimiters for key-value files, process Syslog file format, and more.

  • New anomaly detection policy: Suspicious inbox manipulation rules This policy profiles your environment and triggers alerts when suspicious rules that delete or move messages or folders are set on a user's inbox. This may indicate that the user’s account is compromised, that messages are being intentionally hidden, and that the mailbox is being used to distribute spam or malware in your organization.

  • Support for groups in app permission policies Cloud App Security now gives you the ability to define app permission policies more granularly, based on the group memberships of the users who authorized the apps. For example, an admin can decide to set a policy that revokes uncommon apps if they ask for high permissions, only if the user who authorized the permissions is a member of the administrators group.

Office 365 Cloud App Security releases 133, 134, and 135

Released in October-November, 2018

Following Microsoft Cloud App Security release 133, 134, and 135:

  • New anomaly detection policies are rolling out gradually:

    • The new Data exfiltration to unsanctioned apps policy is automatically enabled to alert you when a user or IP address uses an app that isn't sanctioned to perform an activity that resembles an attempt to exfiltrate information from your organization.

    • The new Multiple delete VM activities policy profiles your environment and triggers alerts when users delete multiple VMs in a single session, relative to the baseline in your organization.

  • Cloud Discovery support for i-Filter The Cloud App Security Cloud Discovery feature now has enhanced support for the i-Filter syslog parser.

Office 365 Cloud App Security release 131

Released September 16, 2018

Following Microsoft Cloud App Security release 131:

  • Automatically revoke permissions on risky OAuth apps You can now control which OAuth apps your users have access to, by revoking app permission for OAuth apps on Office. When creating an App permission policy, you can now set the policy to revoke an app’s permission.

  • Cloud Discovery additional built-in parser supported Cloud Discovery now supports the Forcepoint Web Security Cloud log format.

Office 365 Cloud App Security release 130

Released September 5, 2018

Following Microsoft Cloud App Security release 130:

  • New menu bar To provide a more consistent admin experience across Microsoft 365 products, and to enable you to pivot more easily between Microsoft security solutions, the Cloud App Security portal menu bar has moved to the left side of the screen. This consistent navigation experience helps you orient yourself when moving from one Microsoft security portal to another.
    Menu bar in Office Cloud App Security

  • Impact OAuth app score You can now send the Cloud App Security team feedback to let us know if there’s an OAuth app discovered in your organization that seems malicious. This new feature enables you to be part of our security community and enhance OAuth app risk score and analysis. For more information see Manage OAuth apps.

  • New Cloud Discovery parsers The Cloud Discovery parsers now support iboss Secure Cloud Gateway and Sophos XG.

Office 365 Cloud App Security release 128

Released August 5, 2018

Following Microsoft Cloud App Security release 128:

  • OAuth apps across multiple apps For OAuth apps, you can now ban or approve multiple apps in a single action. For example, you can review all the apps that have been granted permission by users in your organization, select all the apps you want to ban, and then click ban apps to revoke all consent granted and will no longer allow users to grant permission to those apps.

  • New suggested query: GDPR ready There is a new suggested query to enable you to identify discovered apps that are GDPR ready. GDPR has recently became a top priority for security admins. This query helps you easily identify apps that are GDPR ready, and mitigate threat by assessing the risk of the apps that aren't.

Office 365 Cloud App Security release 126

Released July 7, 2018

Following Microsoft Cloud App Security release 126:

  • Automated remediation for suspicious activities You can now set automatic remediation actions for suspicious session triggered by the anomaly detection policies. This enhancement enables you to be alerted instantly when a breach occurs and apply governance actions automatically, such as suspend user. For more information, see Anomaly detection policies in Office 365 Cloud App Security.

  • Automated detection of risky OAuth Apps In addition to the existing investigate of OAuth apps connected to your environment, Office 365 Cloud App Security now allows you to set automated notifications to let you know when an OAuth app meets certain criteria. For example, you can automatically be alerted when there are apps that require a high permission level and were authorized by more than 50 users. For more information, see Manage OAuth apps using Office 365 Cloud App Security.

  • Managed Security Service Provider management (MSSP) support Office 365 Cloud App Security now provides a better management experience to MSSPs, and allows you to configure external partners as administrators with any of the roles currently available in Office 365 Cloud App Security. In addition, Administrators with access rights to more than one tenant can now easily pivot between the tenants.

Office 365 Cloud App Security release 124

Released June 10, 2018

Following Microsoft Cloud App Security release 124:

  • Scoped deployments Enterprise organizations can granularly determine which users to monitor and protect based on group membership. This feature enables you to select users whose activities will not show up for any of the protected applications. Scoped monitoring is especially useful for compliance and licensing. Some compliance regulations necessitate that you refrain from monitoring users from certain countries due to local regulations. And, you can monitor fewer users to stay within the limits of your Office 365 Cloud App Security licenses.

  • New email server The email server for Office 365 Cloud App Security has changed and uses different IP address ranges. To make sure you can get notifications, add the new IP addresses to your anti-spam whitelist. For organizations who customize their notifications, Cloud App Security enables this for you using MailChimp, a third-party email service. For the list of mail server IP addresses, and instructions for enabling work with MailChimp, see Network requirements (Microsoft Cloud App Security) and Mail settings (Microsoft Cloud App Security).

Office 365 Cloud App Security release 121

Released May 6, 2018

Following Microsoft Cloud App Security release 121:

  • Anomaly detection policy improvements. Office 365 Cloud App Security's anomaly detection policies have been improved to include two new types of threat detection that are gradually rolling out:

    • Ransomware activity. Ransomware detection capabilities are extended with anomaly detection to give you more comprehensive coverage against sophisticated ransomware attacks.

    • Terminated user activity. Terminated user activity enables you to monitor the accounts of terminated users who may have been de-provisioned from corporate applications, but who might still have access to certain corporate resources.

      To view your Anomaly detection policies, in the Office 365 Cloud App Security portal, choose Control > Policies.

Office 365 Cloud App Security release 120

Released April 22, 2018

Following Microsoft Cloud App Security release 120:

  • Internal applications as user activities. For Office 365 and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), we are now gradually rolling out the ability to detect internal applications as user account activities performed by the Office 365 and Azure AD applications (both internal and external). This enables you to create policies to alert you if an application performs unexpected and unauthorized activities.

  • More fields in OAuth apps list export. When exporting an OAuth apps list to csv, additional fields such as publisher, permissions level and community usage are included to assist with the compliance and investigation process.

Office 365 Cloud App Security release 119

Released April 1, 2018

Following Microsoft Cloud App Security release 119:

Office 365 Cloud App Security release 118

Released March 18, 2018

Following Microsoft Cloud App Security release 118:

  • Barracuda support. Cloud Discovery now supports Barracuda F Series firewalls and Barracuda F-Series firewall web log streaming.

Office 365 Cloud App Security release 117

Released March 6, 2018

Following Microsoft Cloud App Security release 117:

  • i-FILTER support. Cloud Discovery now supports i-FILTER.

Office 365 Cloud App Security release 116

Released February 18, 2018

Following Microsoft Cloud App Security release 116:

  • Anomaly detection policy enhancements. Anomaly detection polices in Office 365 Cloud App Security were enhanced with new scenario-based detections including impossible travel, activity from a suspicious IP address and multiple failed login attempts. The new policies are automatically enabled, providing out-of-the-box threat detection across your cloud environment. In addition, the new policies expose more data from the Office 365 Cloud App Security detection engine, which can help speed up the investigation process and contain ongoing threats. To learn more, see the Microsoft Cloud App Security article, Get instantaneous behavioral analytics and anomaly detection.

  • Log parser support for Checkpoint formats. The Cloud Discovery log parsers now support two additional Checkpoint formats: XML, and KPC.

Office 365 Cloud App Security release 114

Released January 21, 2018

Following Microsoft Cloud App Security release 114:

  • Service status. You can now check the current Office 365 Cloud App Security service status by going to Help > System status.

    Click Help > System Status to view system health status

  • Custom queries for Activity log. Beginning in version 114, the ability to create and save custom queries in the Activity log is rolling out gradually. Custom queries enable you to create filter templates that can be reused for deep-dive investigation. In addition, suggested queries have been added to provide out-of-the-box investigation templates to filter your activities and discovered apps. Suggested queries include custom filters to identify risks such as impersonation activities, administrator activities, risky non-compliant cloud storage apps, enterprise apps with weak encryption, and security risks. Use the suggested queries as a starting point, modify them as needed, and then save them as a new query.

Office 365 Cloud App Security release 113

Released January 8, 2018

Following Microsoft Cloud App Security release 113:

  • Log parser support for generic formats. The Cloud Discovery log parsers now support the following generic formats: LEEF, CEF, and W3C.

Releases prior to 113

See the 2017 updates for Office 365 Cloud App Security