McAfee MVISION Cloud for Shadow IT

Take control of employee-led cloud adoption with continuous visibility into all cloud services in use, real-time governance policy enforcement, and threat protection

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Discover all cloud services in use

McAfee discovers all cloud services in use by employees both on and off-network, including thousands of cloud services uncategorized by firewalls and web proxies. The solution’s usage analytics summarize cloud usage in aggregate and at the department and user level with traffic patterns, access count, and usage trends over time, enabling IT to securely enable cloud services that drive productivity and growth.

Understand the risk of each cloud service

McAfee delivers the largest and most accurate registry of over 20,000 cloud services with a 1-10 risk rating of each service based on a detailed security assessment across 50 objective criteria. Enterprises can modify the weights of these 50 attributes to generate customized risk scores tailored to their own unique risk profile. Cloud provider risk assessments in McAfee’s registry form the foundation of governance workflows and policy enforcement.

Report on cloud usage and risk

McAfee includes pre-built reports and dashboards that summarize cloud usage and risk across multiple dimensions. Users can create their own custom views and reports, which can be shared with other users. McAfee supports periodic email reports on key usage metrics based on customizable report templates. Cloud usage reports can also be downloaded in PDF format or exported in CSV or Excel formats for import into standalone reporting tools.

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Enforce cloud governance policies

McAfee enforces governance policies based on cloud service groups. For example, McAfee can assign all file sharing services that claim ownership of data uploaded to the service to a service group and enforce read-only access so users can download data shared by business partners but cannot upload corporate data to these services.

Governance workflow

McAfee groups services based on customer-defined governance criteria, such as approved, permitted, and denied acceptable use categories. Users can manually assign cloud services to a group or automatically assign group membership based on risk rating and specific risk attributes tracked in McAfee’s registry. A governance approval workflow ensures all changes to policy are reviewed and approved by a manager before taking effect.

Integration to firewalls and proxies

McAfee can optionally integrate with firewalls and web proxies to push updated governance policies to existing egress infrastructure, maximizing the value of existing security investments. Policy enforcement can include coaching users to adopt corporate-approved services, enabling services in read-only mode, and blocking users from accessing the highest risk services that lack critical security controls and have unfavorable terms of use.

Identify and close policy enforcement gaps

McAfee maintains the most comprehensive and up-to-date database of cloud provider URLs and IP addresses. Identify gaps in policy enforcement due to inconsistent configuration across egress infrastructure, exception sprawl, and recently introduced cloud provider URLs that are unknown to egress providers, and push updated policies to close gaps in policy enforcement.

“As we pushed more data into the cloud, we had to answer tough questions – what are we using the cloud for, where is our data moving to, and who has access?”

Jeff Haskill, Chief Information Security Officer

“McAfee gives us the visibility we need to monitor web service usage, block high-risk services and coach users to enterprise-ready alternatives.”

Robert Webb, Chief Information Technology Officer

“Once you have populated the McAfee dashboard, you can have an intelligent conversation with the businesses and get back into the power seat of being an enabler.”

Shaun Marion, Chief Information Security Officer

“Cloud governance is about more than visibility. With McAfee, we’re creating and enforcing policies that work not only for our employees but also for IT.”

Kevin Winter, Chief Information Officer

Detect cloud-based threats

McAfee captures a comprehensive audit trail of all user activity across cloud services for post-incident investigations and forensics. Leveraging user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA), McAfee then analyzes cloud usage and identifies patterns indicative of security breaches, insider threats, and malware exfiltrating data from on-premises systems via unmanaged cloud services. McAfee also integrates with threat intelligence feeds to identify data bound to IP destinations associated with spyware, phishing, and botnets.

Cloud Application Control is a capability to enable granular control policies for cloud services via MVISION Cloud for Shadow IT. It uses an easy to use policy configurator to allow or block activities, control access to unsanctioned tenants and perform DLP scanning on shadow cloud services within a unified console

Use Cases for Cloud Application Control

Securing Shadow IT is a key component of E2E enterprise data security posture. Cloud Application Control enables enforcement of granular control policies for Shadow IT cloud services.

Activity Control – File and Non-File Actions

Enables enterprises to enforce granular activity control policies against high-risk activities to protect against risk of data exfiltration for e.g. restricting users to selectively upload/download or post files. Further, it allows users to add comments and view profiles but block messages on LinkedIn, Twitter etc.

Personal vs. Corporate Tenant Restrictions – Sanctioned SaaS Services

Detects and blocks personal access to sanctioned SaaS services such as AWS, Office 365, Dropbox, Box, Slack etc…, while allowing corporate access. Cloud Application Control helps enforce standardization of corporate variation of the service

Personal Vs. Corporate Tenant Restrictions – Sanctioned IaaS Services

Detects and blocks personal access of sanctioned IaaS services like AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform while allowing corporate access. Cloud Application Control helps enforce standardization of corporate variation of the service

Key Features


Cloud Usage Discovery

Discovers all SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, and custom applications in use and visually summarizes traffic patterns, access count, and usage over time.

Cloud Registry

Provides the world’s largest and most accurate registry of cloud services, including thousands of services uncategorized by firewalls and proxies.

CloudTrust Ratings

Assigns a risk rating for each service based on 50 attributes. Modify attribute and weights and add custom attributes to generate personalized ratings.

Cloud Service Governance

Provides a workflow to automatically or manually classify services based on risk criteria and enforce acceptable use governance policies through coaching and/or blocking.

Cloud Enforcement Gap Analysis

Presents allowed and denied statistics and highlights gaps in cloud policy enforcement along with recommendations to close gaps.

Trend Analytics

Displays cloud service trends with 13+ months of data across multiple categories and dimensions to identify usage patterns and facilitate governance policy creation.

Customizable Views and Reporting

Delivers pre-built reports and enables users to create custom views and reports, schedule periodic email reports, and download PDF, Excel, and CSV reports.

Activity Drilldown

Provides clickable drilldown to navigate from service-level upload statistics to granular user-level and event-level statistics with a complete activity feed for additional context.


Cloud Data Loss Prevention

Enforces DLP policies based on data identifiers, keywords, and structured/unstructured fingerprints across data uploaded in real time.

Pre-Built DLP Templates

Provides out-of-the-box DLP templates and a broad range of international data identifiers to help identify sensitive content such as PII, PHI, or IP.

Policy Violation Management

Offers a unified interface to review DLP violations in context and perform remediation to resolve an incident or mark it as a false positive.

Structured Data Fingerprinting

Fingerprints billions of unique values stored in enterprise databases and systems of record and supports exact match detection of each value.

Unstructured Data Fingerprinting

Fingerprints sensitive files and detects exact match and partial or derivative matches with a policy-defined threshold for percentage similarity to the original.

Match Highlighting

Displays an excerpt with content that triggered a DLP violation. Enterprises, not MVISION Cloud, store excerpts, meeting stringent privacy requirements.

Threat Protection

Cloud SOC

Delivers a threat dashboard and incident-response workflow to review and remediate insider threats, privileged user threats, and compromised accounts.

Cloud Activity Monitoring

Provides a comprehensive audit trail of all user and administrator activities to support post-incident investigations and forensics.

Data Exfiltration Analytics

Leverages machine learning to identify traffic patterns indicative of malware or botnets exfiltrating data from on-premises systems via shadow IT cloud services.

Guided Learning

Provides human input to machine learning models with real-time preview showing the impact of a sensitivity change on anomalies detected by the system.

Unmatched IP Scanning

Analyzes outbound traffic to unknown destinations to identify malicious sites and services and enforce coarse-level governance policies.

Data Security

Contextual Access Control

Enables on-premises and mobile access control policies based on user, device, activity, and geography with coarse blocking and granular view, edit, and download permissions.

Digital Rights Management

Defines a circle of trust for any document and enforces rights management policies through integration with DRM solutions.


Enterprise Connector

Collects logs from firewalls, proxies, SIEMs, and log aggregation products, integrates with LDAP solutions, and tokenizes sensitive data before uploading to the cloud.

Integration with Firewalls/Proxies

Provides script, API, and ICAP-based integration allowing you to enforce access and security policies consistently across your existing firewalls and proxies.

Integration with SIEMs

Combine MVISION Cloud anomaly and event data with events from other systems and leverage your existing incident remediation process.

Integration with MDM

Integrates with mobile device management solutions to enforce access control policies based on whitelisted devices and MDM certificates.

Email Alerts

Provides instantaneous or periodic emails for service events including, new breaches, threats or vulnerabilities and user events fine-tuned to a desired threshold.

On-Network and Off-Network Support

Supports on-network and off-network access without requiring additional agents.

Flexible Deployment Options

Offers the ability to deploy MVISION in the cloud, on premises as a virtual appliance, or in a hybrid model.

Comprehensive Deployment Architecture

Leverages a complete coverage model including log analysis, API integration, and inline forward and reverse proxy deployment to support all cloud access scenarios.

High Availability Infrastructure

Provides a 99.5% uptime SLA by leveraging a robust cloud infrastructure, ensuring continuous and performant access for all users across the globe.

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