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The Best SaaS Security Strategy to Ensure a Healthy SaaS Environment

Here’s why continuous SaaS detection and automatic remediation are key to ensuring the security of your SaaS estate.

With SaaS apps playing a central role in your business’ daily workflow, it’s crucial that you’re able to create and implement an effective SaaS security strategy and protocol to keep your company safe.

Why Visibility Into Your SaaS Environment Is Mission Critical

As the SaaS environment becomes increasingly complicated, with App2App connections, different levels of permissions, and an extensive array of data protection policies that can vary wildly between apps, getting an accurate, big picture overview of your SaaS security is crucial

You need to know exactly what is in your ‘SaaS estate’, and manual logging done via Excel spreadsheets simply won’t cut it. Seeing where all of your app integrations are (and by extension, where there is potential for breaches) is key for building and implementing a robust SaaS app security strategy. 

“You need to know exactly what is in your ‘SaaS estate’”

A user can (and probably will) easily grant blanket permissions with just a few clicks. When combined with the number of apps used by teams, it’s next to impossible to manually review the security status of every SaaS app in your estate. Your SaaS application monitoring has to include a systematic review of a number of different risks.

A Robust SaaS Application Security Policy Is Key

There are a number of requirements you can put in place that significantly reduce the risk of exposures and breaches. 

From compliance policies that can vary by industry to inconsistencies within the Identity and Access Management (IAM) security, your SaaS security strategy has to encompass a broad range of needs. The good news is that a solution which provides you with a broad database of apps that includes their strengths and security risk level can help.

Your organization needs access to an  up to date, full spectrum database of SaaS apps, paired with a ranking system that offers you both a deep dive and quick snapshot view of which apps are risky or generally safe for your business to utilize. A SaaS security score gives your company an at-a-glance insight into the overall health of your estate, and which apps pose the biggest potential issues to the security of your business.

Once you have this foundation to your SaaS security, you need to pair it with automated remediation, so you can fully protect your SaaS estate with a truly robust security policy.

Continuous SaaS Security: The Only Way Forward

Systematic or timely reviews of all your SaaS apps simply aren’t enough to protect your business. As new threats emerge, apps make adjustments to their backends (which you may not be aware of!) and even legal regulations continue to develop, the reality is that the potential risks coming from your SaaS applications may be changing on a day-to-day basis.

You need constant SaaS application security that can inform you, in real-time, of breaches, exposures, or changes to policies in your SaaS apps. This is also critical in the event that a user leaves your organization – as their departure may slip under the radar and the former employee could retains access to sensitive data within SaaS apps long after they’ve left.

Continuous SaaS security also ensures that you’re made aware of changes, whether they’re emerging threats or a notification that an employee has left the business and that their privileges and permissions be revoked. When this is done in a timely manner, it allows you to make important decisions and take preemptive measures swiftly.

Automated Remediation Is A Must

Discovering and detecting risks is the first step, but the key to effective SaaS monitoring that’s successful and protects your business is the ability to rapidly respond. It’s not enough to be made aware of potential or ongoing exposures – you need to be able to take decisive action in real-time. Active prevention helps you get ahead of an attack, by immediately finding vulnerabilities. 

But constant notifications that lead to alert fatigue are a very real risk. Your teams can quickly become desensitized to potential risks if they’re constantly bombarded with emails or notifications that overly convey a sense of urgency, yet don’t offer much guidance on prioritization. Bottomline: You need a SaaS security product that provides solutions, not additional problems.

“You need a SaaS security product that provides solutions, not additional problems.”

Automated remediation, which includes customized, personalized remediation paths, is crucial for your business’ SaaS app security.  A platform which provides you with the ability to preset actions in response to specific threats, and adjust which risks trigger security alerts and which can be shifted down to the bottom of the priority list, gives your business a critical tool for SaaS security. 

An All-In-One SaaS Monitoring Solution

Wing Security’s platform offers your business automated SaaS application monitoring that includes customizable security remediation. The solution can be adjusted to fit your company’s unique needs, and gives you a holistic, big picture overview into the safety and security of the SaaS apps used by your teams every day.

Contact us today for a demo so we can show you our unique, all-encompassing approach to SaaS security, including active analysis of App2App connections. We’d love to hear from you.

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