Uncover Suspicious SaaS Activities with Behavior Threats

May 15, 2024
3 minutes

Safeguarding enterprise data is paramount in today’s fast-paced world of cloud-based business services and operations.

Secure access service edge (SASE) administrators face the daunting task of securing SaaS applications and their vast amounts of sensitive data from threats, ranging from malicious insiders to external bad actors. Unfortunately, traditional security measures struggle to keep pace with complex SaaS ecosystems and the pace of evasive attack tactics, increasing risk for many organizations.

SASE administrators struggle with limited visibility into user activity and struggle to distinguish genuine threats from noise amidst the deluge of incidents. This lack of clarity hampers the ability to assess risk effectively and take proactive measures. The absence of intelligent insight into user actions is one key reason for indecisiveness, leaving organizations vulnerable to security breaches.

Introducing ML-powered Behavior Threats

A comprehensive behavior analytics solution

Palo Alto Networks Behavior Threats is a cloud-based user entity and behavior analytics (UEBA) solution designed to empower SASE administrators with unparalleled visibility and control over SaaS application environments.

Leveraging advanced machine learning (ML) algorithms, Behavior Threats proactively identifies anomalous behaviors with pinpoint accuracy, enabling administrators to detect and respond to potential threats swiftly.

Dynamic, Contextual, and Powerful ML Models That Are Simple to Use

Behavior Threats is designed to elevate cybersecurity situational awareness with key insights for IT security teams in three key areas without introducing complexity:

1. User Risk Management

  • User Risk Score: A dynamic threat score provides daily insights into user behavior and prioritizes actions based on potential risk.
  • User Watchlist: Closely monitor high-risk users by adding, defining, editing, and filtering them based on specific watchlist criteria.

2. Contextual Policy Enforcement

  • Situational Policies: ML-based policies can be selectively activated with predefined situations along with their corresponding policies.
  • Detections Feedback: Empower administrators to provide feedback on detections to continuously improve the efficacy of ML models.

3. Proactive Threat Detection

  • Detailed Incidents: Detailed incident reports with contextual information on user activity patterns help focus investigations.

Figure 1: Behavior Threats dashboard

Enabling Intelligent, Context-Aware Insights

ML-powered Behavior Threats offers a range of detectors tailored to address the diverse security challenges faced by SASE administrators:

  • Unusual Activity Spikes: Detect sudden increases in data downloads or uploads, user login attempts, or application usage.
  • Bulk Activity: Identify instances of unusually large data transfers or user activity within a SaaS application.
  • Suspicious Access Times: Monitor user access patterns during off-hours to identify potential unauthorized access.
  • Location-Based Anomalies: Identify users accessing SaaS applications from unexpected locations, indicating a possible security breach.
  • Sensitive Data Transfer: Detect malicious activity related to the transfer of sensitive data to mitigate the risk of data loss.

Behavior Threats Help Stay Ahead of SaaS Threats

Behavior Threats is included with the Palo Alto Networks SaaS Security solution. It empowers organizations to stay one step ahead of cyberthreats with the power of advanced machine learning and comprehensive UEBA capabilities. It helps safeguard critical assets and maintain operational resilience in an increasingly digital world. SASE administrators can now confidently navigate the complex landscape of SaaS application security.

Step into the future of SaaS security with ML-powered Behavior Threats and fortify your defenses against today’s most advanced threats. Stay tuned as we continue to innovate and enhance Behavior Threats, with upcoming features such as incidents drill-down for deeper insights, integrations for dynamic policy enforcement, and support for inline apps. Together, we'll shape the future of SaaS security and empower organizations to thrive in an ever-evolving threat landscape.

Start your 60-day free trial of SaaS Security to discover Behavior Threats for yourself.


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