Start Scanning a Cloud App

Learn how to start scanning a recently onboarding cloud app on SaaS Security API.
After you onboard a cloud app, you must initiate scanning on that cloud app so that SaaS Security API can scan for policy violations and data exposure. When you initiate scanning—known as discovery or initial backward scan—SaaS Security API scans all assets in the associated cloud app. During the discovery process, SaaS Security API also matches the assets against enabled default policy rules and identifies incidents. The time required to complete the discovery process depends on the number of assets on your cloud app. However, as soon as you begin to see the assets populate on the SaaS Security API
Dashboard
, you can assess incident.
After the discovery process completes, SaaS Security API periodically queries for scanable root entities (for example, user, channel, shared drive, etc) that are not on its list of known entities, and this scan frequency depends on the SaaS app, taking into account optimal performance; however, SaaS Security API scans most SaaS apps every 5 minutes and is able to do so without delay if SaaS Security API hasn’t reached the rate limit. Each cloud app has unique entities for scanning purposes. When SaaS Security API detects such entities, two distinct scan processes trigger automatically:
  • Forward scan
    —Process of scanning newly detected, scanable root entities
    after
    the point of detection. This process occurs automatically, and there is no way to manually trigger this process, nor do you need to.
  • Backward scan
    —Process of scanning newly detected, scanable root entities
    before
    the point of detection. This process occurs automatically, and there is no way to manually trigger this process, nor do you need to.
  1. Select
    Settings
    Cloud Apps & Settings
    .
  2. Select
    Actions
    Start Scanning
    in the row that corresponds to the cloud app that you want to start scanning.
    The status changes to
    Scanning
    .

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