Minimize Cloud Security Risk With These SaaS Tips

By James Warner, writer
Aug 20, 2018
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Improving your cloud security starts by building a proper security plan.

With the growth of technology and improving security measures, people are relying more on storing their data on the cloud, instead of using traditional means like files and papers. Thanks to this trend, there is a heightened need for a proper data security system. 

Software as a service (SaaS) security is basically a software program used to safeguard the massive amount of data stored in the cloud. But minimizing your cloud security risk with SaaS is easier said than done, as there are various areas you need to assess and understand to leverage its potential. Here are some of the most vital SaaS tips you need to follow to minimize security risk on the cloud.

Determine the SaaS service provider properly

Due to the increasing demand for SaaS-based services globally, the list of service providers has surged ahead in rapid fashion. Choosing among these lists of service providers can be tiring. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Look for a provider that boasts a good password protection system to make sure that your documents are not easily accessible.
  • Check whether the security system has good user control, which enables data protection and limited accessibility.
  • Be clear about the storage, backup and restoration of your data before coming to a conclusion about your choice.

Following standard safety measures

The primary benefit of using a SaaS security system is that it enables optimal protection of your sensitive documents from unknown people or users. Even then, you must take proper preventive measures to prevent any unfortunate mishaps. Consider following these tips to ensure you're being as safe as possible. 

  • Standard internet safety measures should be used, including a good antivirus software which can protect the document from incoming viruses.
  • Each and every piece of data stored on the cloud must be encrypted to prevent hacking.
  • A strong password should be applied so your system isn't easily breached.
  • A strong password recovery system should be ensured for smooth recovery of any hacked passwords.

It's important to know that SaaS specific security controls fall in one of the following categories:

  • Access management: It is important to authorize the users who access your SaaS software. Access controls help ensure that your application is accessed by appropriate users through only approved devices. Ensuring strong identity and access management controls helps minimize risks associated with unauthorized access.

  • Data security: Implementing systems such as data encryption, tokenization and other data loss prevention techniques help enforce data protection and secure data transmission. Data controls can be appropriately enforced on real-time streaming data and also data that is already stored in the cloud for your SaaS application.

  • Monitoring controls: Continuous monitoring is key to ensuring the security of data and preventing a breach. These provisions help detect information security violations and send warning alerts to your IT staff. Automated responses should be initiated with these monitoring controls and situations should be controlled.

Regularly evaluate the security system

There are various SaaS security checking systems that are dependent on the group or class of applications you use. Most commonly, companies receive help from third-party providers to check the security system and provide an evaluation. Your business should have its own team to check the security status on a regular basis to ensure that problems don't arise later on. This way, you can be assured of the security of your data in the cloud.

Just like any other security endeavor, there's no perfect solution. Software development providers are constantly working out solutions to stay ahead of hackers. The tips above can help keep your organization one step ahead of the game.

Security is a major challenge associated with any SaaS software. The starting point for the implementation of security controls in a SaaS software is building a SaaS strategy. Developing a SaaS security strategy includes teaching the IT security team about SaaS and its use cases, determining security risks, laying down steps to mitigate risks and implementing and reviewing critical steps.

Cloud computing is an ever-changing space in the IT landscape. Therefore, ensuring the security of SaaS takes a varying number of steps given the situation. By building flexible and agile security capabilities, organizations will be able to securely manage data, people and their devices in the cloud.

James Warner - enjoy building eCommerce websites more than anything, Highly skilled Magento Certified Professional with 6+ Years of experience in developing web based (ecommerce) software applications using PHP5, MySQL, OOPS, Ajax, jQuery, JavaScript, XML, JSON, HTML, CSS and working with mageto development company called NexSoftSys. Building and customizing eCommerce solutions on the Magento platform to drive sales, improve business flow, and connect with tech solutions outside of the Magento platform.
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