SaaS (Software as a Service) applications are becoming increasingly crucial to a wide range of businesses. From the biggest international enterprises to small, local SMEs, businesses on average now use around 80 different SaaS applications - a number which has grown tenfold since 2015. The driving force behind this is no secret: SaaS solutions are much more cost-effective, managed by a service provider, easy to use, and offer industry-leading technology. But as businesses begin to adopt and incorporate these SaaS solutions into their processes, concerns about cloud security are developing.
Fortunately, many of the security risks associated with SaaS applications can be quelled with proper SaaS security measures. This blog offers some basic information about what SaaS cloud security is, as well as some of the top solutions businesses can implement into their operations.
What is SaaS security?
Each SaaS application poses a potential cloud security threat and, without proper mitigation measures, could spell disaster for the business. The nature of cloud services is that there is no physical presence on your business premises. While this is a benefit in many areas, it also means you have less control over security. By using a SaaS service, you are enabling a third-party business to control and manage your sensitive and private data.
Because of this, any security breaches on the side of the vendor are now also your concern. Your business has far less control over how your company’s data is stored and managed, and your business’ security could be breached, or data leaked through any insecurities in the vendor’s platform. On top of this, each endpoint (a device that connects to the cloud network and SaaS platform) poses an additional potential security risk. Since one of the advantages of cloud software is that it can be accessed anywhere from any device, equipping SaaS platforms themselves with security measures is paramount.
While it is true that most SaaS vendors will provide some degree of security built-in with their solution, this is often not enough to comply with corporate and professional standards of specific companies. Gartner, a leading research and advisory firm, predicts that 95% of security failures in cloud and SaaS applications are caused by weaknesses on the customer’s side, not the vendor. If this is the case, the vast majority of security breaches and threats can be completely nullified by implementing SaaS security solutions into your core business operations.
The top #5 cloud security solutions
#1: Web gateway & web filtering
The internet is a huge resource with near-infinite possibilities. So many businesses’ processes and operations have transitioned to becoming cloud based. Specific examples include internal communications, managerial processes, marketing, and more. But the internet can also be a source of great distraction for employees and is highly susceptible to security breaches. A web gateway and filtering SaaS application can greatly improve your company’s security and minimize the number of potential risks. Having a secure web gateway like Sangfor IAG allows your business to simplify user and network management within your business. Seamlessly control your traffic for 30% more efficient bandwidth utilization, maintain complete control over application usage, minimize access to non-business-related sites, uncover encrypted traffic, and more.
#2: Network & web application firewall
There are both hardware and software firewalls that your business can use. Hardware firewalls are typically more comprehensive solutions as they operate as a standalone device connected into your network system. This means that they do not consume processing power from the device itself, like a software firewall would. Despite this, hardware and software firewalls provide similar benefits. Some solutions, like Sangfor NGAF, are available in both hardware and software form.
Firewalls are a vital cloud security solution and can prevent a wide range of cyber security breaches. Sangfor NGAF is able to block 99% of malware at the perimeter. External, internal, existing, and future threats like phishing sources, malicious domains, and remote installations are all blocked at the source by monitoring traffic, access logs, and more.
In addition to this, AI technology helps the firewall identify server issues and network vulnerabilities, keeping your business network free of malware while you focus on matters that require your direct attention.
#3: Endpoint security
If you want a truly comprehensive SaaS security system, you need to go beyond just a firewall. Sangfor Endpoint Secure works in tandem with solutions like Sangfor NGAF to both identify and eliminate threats swiftly. An endpoint security system can strengthen your SaaS applications through behavior detection, process blocking, virus killing, and automatic isolation and blocking. As part of a holistic SaaS security system, endpoint security offers your business defenses against all aspects of a malware attack, from infection to C&C communication (when the hacker controls the infected system to try and compromise your network), exploitation, and even propagation (where the hacker intends to spread the malware or ransomware to other devices on your network).
#4: Automated threat response
The number of ransomware incidents is increasing at a rate of about 300% each year. Having an automated threat response system like Sangfor Cyber Command is one of the best ways to improve your cloud security and protect your brand.
Without an automated threat response system, network administrators are hampered by undetected vulnerabilities, complex logs, and poor visibility. The whole process is also incredibly costly for the business. In comparison, an automated threat response system like Cyber Command utilizes AI, machine learning, and threat intelligence to offer continuous threat detection and response, improving overall SaaS security for your business.
#5: Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)
In an era of SaaS and cloud applications, it can be hard to keep track of how your employees or branches are connecting to business applications. A SASE platform like Sangfor Access provides businesses an easy method of redirecting all traffic through one consolidated location with several security checks. Users are required to verify their identity through authentication, thus only providing access to authorized personnel. Sangfor Access also provides protection from unknown threats while allowing your employees to conveniently access all the platforms they need remotely without hindrance.
Want to learn more about cloud security?
If you have any questions about what SaaS security is, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. Sangfor has a comprehensive range of cloud security solutions and can offer tailored advice based on your specific business needs.