Why SaaS Is the Epicenter for Security Threats

by Nati Hazut
Posted on Jul 31st, 2020

Software as a service (SaaS) has made collaborating between geographically dispersed teams easier and more efficient. It’s replaced classic on-premises solutions across virtually every business function with cloud versions for everything from messaging, storing and sharing files to collaborating across documents, coordinating projects and more.

But while SaaS has undoubtedly enhanced the way we work and collaborate, it has also brought about a host of new security challenges that place your cloud access controls and business-critical data at risk.

Managing Disparate Apps

Corporate security teams today are tasked with managing a growing stack of SaaS apps. Because SaaS applications have their own specific access and security controls, with different logic and terminology and with distinct kinds of permissions and privileges that can be assigned, security teams need to allot time to familiarize themselves with the nuances of each app. And while many companies use centralized IDaaS solutions to manage hundreds of users and groups, many other factors and identities—not centrally managed such as third-party apps, or users that belong to external vendors or partners, and local IAM users—affect the security team’s ability to properly manage each application. As a result, companies expose themselves to data corruptions, data leaks and breaches.

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