Cloudflare. has filed a patent for a cloud-based security service that includes external evaluation for accessing third-party applications. The method involves enforcing access policies, including device posture and external evaluation rules, to grant access based on meeting specified criteria. GlobalData’s report on Cloudflare gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Cloud-based security service with external evaluation for third-party applications

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Cloudflare Inc

The patent application (Publication Number: US20230412644A1) describes a method implemented in a server providing a cloud-based security service. The method involves receiving a request from a client device to access a third-party application, determining a set of access policies including device posture rules and external evaluation rules, enforcing these rules by checking device posture status and external evaluations, and granting access to the third-party application based on these criteria. The method also includes setting authorization cookies or tokens, enforcing identity-based access rules, and determining user identity through authentication requests to an identity provider.

Furthermore, the patent application includes claims related to a non-transitory machine-readable storage medium providing instructions for the server to perform the described operations and a server itself that executes these operations. The server acts as a service provider on behalf of the third-party application, ensuring secure access based on device posture, external evaluations, and user identity verification. The method outlined in the patent application aims to enhance cloud-based security services by implementing a comprehensive set of access policies and rules to control and manage access to third-party applications effectively.

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