Public Application Discovery

Automatically discover public applications accessed by your users

  • Updated on Jan 08, 2024
  • 4 minutes to read
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IT and Security teams tend to have low visibility into devices that are not connected to their network, given that, traditionally, the point of visibility has been the office’s network gateway. This lack of visibility often results in applications being accessed that Security/IT teams haven’t reviewed or adequately protected.

App Discovery is a new feature that provides admins visibility by recording end users’ DNS requests, mapping them back to Banyan’s database of public apps, and providing the admin a list of all the public applications used by employees who have the Banyan app installed. Banyan leverages existing ITP architecture to deliver this capability.

The Public Applications list can then be used to secure public resources via Banyan’s Secure Public Applications capability.


  • Banyan app v.3.11
  • ITP enabled on the device
  • Unlimited Banyan license

How It Works

Once a device has the Banyan app installed, each DNS request sent from the device is captured (by the Banyan app) while the request is resolved at one of Banyan’s global DNS servers.

App Discovery List

The App Discovery list can be found in the Command Center under Internet Access > App Discovery. Banyan tracks thousands of public applications, helping to surface the resources that are critical to your organization’s security posture.

Note: Banyan surfaces all public resources in its inventory, including ones that have not yet been accessed by end users.

Details Page

Once captured, the DNS request is analyzed and the domain is mapped to one of our 1300+ cataloged Applications. If successfully mapped, Banyan then records the time the device user pair has accessed the application inside the Application Inventory section of Banyan’s console.

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