Connect Okta to Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps


  • Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps (previously known as Microsoft Cloud App Security) is now part of Microsoft 365 Defender. The Microsoft 365 Defender portal allows security admins to perform their security tasks in one location. This will simplify workflows, and add the functionality of the other Microsoft 365 Defender services. Microsoft 365 Defender will be the home for monitoring and managing security across your Microsoft identities, data, devices, apps, and infrastructure. For more information about these changes, see Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps in Microsoft 365 Defender.

This article provides instructions for connecting Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps to your existing Okta account using the connector APIs. This connection gives you visibility into and control over Okta use. For information about how Defender for Cloud Apps protects Okta, see Protect Okta.

How to connect Okta to Defender for Cloud Apps

  1. It's recommended that you create an admin Service Account in Okta for Defender for Cloud Apps.

    Make sure you use an account with Super Admin permissions.

    Make sure your Okta account is verified.

  2. In the Okta console, click Admin.

    • Click on Security and then API.

      Okta api.

    • Click Create Token.

      Okta create token.

    • In the Create Token pop-up, name your Defender for Cloud Apps token, and click Create Token.

      Okta token pop-up.

    • In the Token created successfully pop-up, copy the Token value.

      Okta token value.

  3. In the Defender for Cloud Apps console, click Investigate and then Connected apps.

  4. In the App connectors page, click the plus button and then Okta.

    connect Okta.

  5. In the pop-up, in the Domain field, enter your Okta domain and paste your Token into the Token field.

  6. Click Connect to create the token for Okta in Defender for Cloud Apps.

  7. Make sure the connection succeeded by clicking Test API.

    Testing may take a couple of minutes. After receiving a success notice, click Close.

After connecting Okta, you'll receive events for 60 days prior to connection.

If you have any problems connecting the app, see Troubleshooting App Connectors.

Next steps

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