What’s SaaS Security API?

Learn about SaaS Security API capabilities.
SaaS Security API (formerly Prisma SaaS) is a security solution that connects to your sanctioned SaaS application using the SaaS application’s API. This API integration enables the service to discover and scan all assets retroactively when you first connect the SaaS application. SaaS Security API scans and analyzes all your assets and applies policy to identify exposures, external collaborators, risky user behavior, and sensitive documents and identifies the potential risks associated with each asset.
SaaS Security API also performs deep content inspection and protects both your historical assets and new assets from malware, data exposure, and data exfiltration. As SaaS Security API identifies incidents, you can assess them and define automated actions to eliminate or close the incident. After the initial scan of your historical assets, SaaS Security API continuously monitors each SaaS application and applies policy against new or modified assets for ongoing incident assessment and protection.
To provide visibility into the security challenges with data classification and governance, security gaps owing to non-compliance, sharing/permission violations, and malware propagation within the sanctioned cloud applications on your network, SaaS Security API focuses on the following key areas:
  • Content Security
    —The content you store in each cloud application is an asset. SaaS Security API provides visibility into your asset inventory to help you uncover accidental or malicious data exposure. SaaS Security API discovers the assets residing in the cloud application, assesses the shared or exposed data within and outside your organization, and identifies the impact or risk to intellectual property and regulatory non-compliance. In addition to creating an incident and alerting the administrator, the service provides auto-remediation capabilities, including the option to quarantine, change sharing, or notify the owner.
  • User Activity Monitoring
    —SaaS Security API uses a combination of tools including machine language learning, predefined and user-defined data patterns, security configuration controls, and access to event logs auditing user access and activity on each cloud application. With these tools, it builds context on sensitive data within your environment, identifies thresholds for expected and unexpected behavior, and uses this intelligence to log a violation or alert you to risky user behavior and possible data leaks from accidental or malicious user activity.
  • Security Configuration Controls
    —SaaS Security API provides policies allowing you to manage and restrict privileged user activity, email forwarding, and retention rules, and protects you from misconfigurations such as lack of storage volume encryption, lack of enforcement for securing keys, credentials, and Multi-Factor Authentication. When any of these security issues occur, you can configure the service to generate an alert or log it as a policy violation.
  • Third-Party App Integrations
    —Threats from third-party apps are serious because these apps have access to all or a large part of the data in the related cloud app. Protect your users and network from misconfigurations and known and unknown malware arising from these app integrations with a service that gives you the ability to approve, block, or restrict third-party app installation.
SaaS Security API complements SaaS Security Inline capabilities to provide an integrated CASB (Cloud Access Security Broker) solution.

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