Netskope is proud to be a member of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association! We provide a deep and effective ability to leverage the Microsoft Azure Information Protection (AIP) and Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) feature sets available to E3 and E5 customers who are connecting not only to Microsoft cloud services, but to a wide range of non-Microsoft cloud storage solutions and Internet services. These services include Google Drive, Box, and Dropbox, as well as other storage solutions accessed in real-time such as Evernote, the universe of non-SaaS websites, and cloud infrastructure storage like AWS S3, Azure Blobs, or GCP. MIP and AIP provide additional useful context, enabling Netskope policies to honor and enforce appropriate data sharing.
At Netskope we realize that customers need effective integrations to leverage diverse and complex environments, however; most companies these days use more than 2,000 SaaS services, the web, and cloud infrastructure—not just their Microsoft subscribed solutions. In fact, it is this very complexity that suggests the need for a solution that is applicable to both at rest and inline environments, as well as consistent security and data protection for cloud activities with IT-led (aka “sanctioned”) and business-led (aka “unsanctioned,” or Shadow IT) applications and instances.
Microsoft secures its environment well and has a holistic approach to Digital Rights Management (DRM) that leverages Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) to enable data protection, data classification, governance, retention policies, and even data security on the endpoint (via Defender). Netskope Next Generation Secure Web Gateway (NG-SWG) integrates with many of these MISA-enabled technologies—and more—to enhance Microsoft security controls and tools.
Organizations also need to consider the inherent and real-time risk of working with corporate data in non-Microsoft, non-sanctioned environments. For these use-cases where governance and prevention is just as important as detection and remediation, Netskope delivers a forward proxy solution while allowing Microsoft customers to leverage MIP to ensure data is securely protected and controlled wherever it lands and whoever has it.
Netskope and Microsoft are working together to protect customers and their data. We are proud to demonstrate, through MISA, yet another strong milestone in this working relationship. We’ve previously written about Netskope’s validation in the Microsoft 365 Networking Partner Program and will share more examples of Netskope protections for Microsoft environments in future blogs.