Cloudflare had 13 patents in cybersecurity during Q4 2023. Cloudflare Inc filed patents in Q4 2023 for a cloud-based security service that enforces access policies for third-party applications, a server-side method for rendering remote applications in a web browser, a client-side isolator application for rendering remote applications, and a proxy server for analyzing and blocking potentially threatening requests from multiple client devices accessing network resources. GlobalData’s report on Cloudflare gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Cloudflare grant share with cybersecurity as a theme is 46% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Cloud-based security service that includes external evaluation for accessing a third-party application (Patent ID: US20230412644A1)

Cloudflare Inc. has filed a patent for a cloud-based security service that involves external evaluation for accessing third-party applications. The service receives a request from a client device to access a third-party application and enforces a set of access policies, including an external evaluation rule. This rule requires the service to transmit an external evaluation request to an external endpoint, which evaluates the user's identity. If the evaluation passes, access to the third-party application is granted based on this result.

The method described in the patent involves determining access policies for a third-party application, including device posture and external evaluation rules. The service enforces these rules by checking the device posture status and sending an external evaluation request to an external endpoint. Access to the application is granted only if the device posture meets the criteria and the external evaluation passes. Additionally, the method includes setting authorization cookies or tokens, enforcing identity-based access rules, and authenticating users through an identity provider. Overall, the patent outlines a comprehensive approach to secure access to third-party applications through cloud-based security services.

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