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Software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications are a growing attack surface for hackers. Without the right tools, though, they can be hard to defend. This paper offers five steps to reducing SaaS risks, including tightly managing inventories and identities, tracking SaaS activities, tracing the location and status of SaaS data, controlling SaaS apps and their configurations, and quickly
First, Some Definitions Security posture, in general, is about how well an organization is prepared to defend itself against cyber threats. Typically, posture amounts to being able to detect threats and respond to them effectively—and quickly. In specific terms, security posture deals with guarding networks and protecting an organization against malware, ransomware, denial of service
Last month, a new SaaS ransomware had been seen “in the wild” for the first time. The attack, which affected Microsoft SharePoint software, did not come from a compromised endpoint. This fact has alarmed SaaS security experts. Nor is it good news for security managers. However, there are ways to defend against such threats.
Organizations, on average, use almost 200 SaaS applications, and managing all those configurations is an amazingly complex task. Gaps that seem minor are exactly the type of security risks that hackers love to exploit to gain access to an application. In order to keep track of all the changes made by the SaaS vendors and
SaaS breaches can occur by hackers taking over legitimate users’ accounts or even by insider malicious employees. They can exfiltrate data, change settings and delete records, all of which can cause serious damage to the company. Suridata monitors users’ activities across platforms to identify and halt breaches before they become damaging. This helps you preemptively
Employees who rely on SaaS applications are authorized to connect numerous 3rd party plugins for major and minor services. These “collaborations” involve sharing data, granting access, and editing privileges. This places a risk to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data in a system. To minimize security risks, Suridata monitors 3rd party interactions. By
Each potential security breach can have a different impact on the data, the devices, and the users of a SaaS application. Before any action is taken, these consequences must be evaluated to inform decisions on how and when to proceed. With dozens of potentially interdependent security risks, this can be a very complex and time-consuming
The nature of SaaS applications creates multiple hidden risks for hackers to burrow into. While each SaaS vendor takes ownership for securing its own infrastructure, you are responsible for implementing the security controls across your ecosystem. Suridata fortifies your security posture by sniffing out those threats, mapping their risk potential, and laying out the steps
A brief overview of SaaS security SaaS applications have a distinctive risk profile. They’re comparable to but different from other kinds of digital assets. A SaaS app typically contains sensitive or valuable corporate data, but it can be accessed from virtually anywhere on any kind of device. Controls over user access are therefore critical to
What is SASE? The “E” in SASE is the key to understanding what it’s all about. E is for edge. SASE enables endpoints, such as mobile devices or Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to connect securely to applications and data at the edge. The user does not have to connect through a data center, which
Who is responsible for securing digital assets in the public cloud, the customer, or the cloud service provider (CSP)? Most of the time, it’s both. CSPs require their customers to agree to what’s known as a Shared Security Model, sometimes called the Shared Responsibility Model. In this approach to cloud cybersecurity, the CSP is responsible
Software as a service (SaaS) radically reduces the challenges to adopting enterprise scale applications – but with these benefits come new security issues you need to be aware of. For example, when you use SaaS applications you place your data in the hand of third party outside your organization and allow them to access it.
How CASBs work and why enterprises use them The CASB has been around for a decade. It came into existence to help security managers deal with risk exposure from SaaS that did not exist when apps and data were only on-premises. Traditional firewalls can do little to protect SaaS apps and data. Indeed, with SaaS
What is SaaS compliance? To understand what SaaS compliance is, it’s worth stepping back and considering the relationship between technology and compliance in general. While certain kinds of compliance are not specifically about technology at all, such as financial controls in Sarbanes-Oxley, in reality nearly every aspect of compliance connects to some type of information
SaaS Security Posture Management (SSPM) is an essential cybersecurity workload that is a collection of tools, peoples, processes and policies, that is the sum total of an organizations ability to detect threats to SaaS apps and respond to them. The SSPM solution must have a view into the entire SaaS stack with visibility into SaaS
SaaS is software, but its security parameters are different from those of traditional, on-premises software. A SaaS app is cloud-based, with access rights that are sometimes unclear. Third-party integrations can create vulnerabilities, as well. And, governance of SaaS apps can be spotty or nonexistent—especially when “shadow IT” takes over and business units purchase SaaS for
SaaS apps expose users to significant security risks if they are not well defended. Between the shared security model, the broad potential for misconfiguration and poor access controls, among many other risk factors, SaaS needs strong countermeasures to stay secure. The foundational CIA Triad (Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability) and MITRE ATT&CK Model of attacker behavior
What Is a Secret? For GitHub users, the word “secret” has a meaning that’s distinct from the general understanding of the word. In the context of GitHub and software development, a secret is any kind of private information, such as a token, password, or private authentication used by a service provider to enable interactions between
It’s easy to understand why SaaS is so popular. The technology frees customers from many of the total cost of ownership of provisioning and supporting software and infrastructure. At the same time, SaaS also exposes its customers to new types of risk, especially from third-party integrations using SaaS plugins. SaaS Plugins: What They Are and
A Growing Area of Risk Exposure The scale of SaaS activity is one reason why risks can be such a challenge with SaaS apps. According to Vendr.com, the average organization uses 130 SaaS apps.Each app has hundreds of unique controls and settings that are subject to adjustment at will. Users have expectations for SaaS apps