Cloud computing is a common practice today. However, it is clear that cybercriminals have become more vicious over time. Today, more and more businesses are embracing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) environments because any user from any device can easily access it and store vast amounts of data. There are many security risks, including compliance issues, security breaches, data access risks and security misconfigurations.
Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting SaaS environments as a lure target. SaaS applications store a lot of confidential data, including payment card data, Personally Identifiable Information, (PII), and business activities such as financial transactions, records, etc. Businesses need to protect SaaS applications in order to protect their customers’ data and avoid being targeted by cybercriminals. To properly defend SaaS applications, we need to use top-notch security measures. Let’s take a look at the best ways to secure SaaS apps.
Best practices for SaaS security
1. Recognize the risks: You must first identify your cloud security threats in order to secure your SaaS app. The following are the most serious security risks for SaaS apps:
Account Takeovers (ATOs).
Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attack
Data access risk
Transparency is lacking
Insufficient monitoring and logging
Inadequacy of solid Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
Zero day attacks
Once you have a good understanding of the risks, you can create a security review checklist. This will help you to continuously reduce or eliminate any threats that could affect your SaaS application.
2. You can quickly assess your current SaaS security needs by creating a security checklist. You can review your checklist and add new security-related risks to it. This will allow you to prioritize application security.
3. Security monitoring at the user-level: Organizations must monitor the security of user data periodically to ensure compliance with internal and external security procedures. The cloud service provider will provide Role Based Access Control (RBAC), which allows you to set user-specific access rights and other activity permissions. It ensures the highest level of SaaS application security.
4. Data encryption: Use data encryption techniques to ensure the security of your SaaS app. Data encryption protects at-rest as well as in-transit data from unauthorized persons. Malicious hackers can’t decrypt encrypted data without the encryption keys. Transport Layer Security (TLS), which is used by SaaS applications, protects data as it is transmitted.
5. Educate your employees: Provide security training to inform your employees about current threats, how to avoid phishing, vishing and cross-site scripting attacks, and how to protect their SaaS apps. To keep their SaaS applications secure, educate your employees about comprehensive zero trust policies, Data Loss Prevention technology, and Identity and Access Management procedures. Security awareness training can help employees combat malicious hacking techniques.
6. Integrate real-time protection in your SaaS apps: Including real-time monitoring in your SaaS application will increase visibility, control, policy management and compliance, as well as protect your data from exploitation. Real-time monitoring protects SaaS applications against attacks such as SQL injections and account takeovers. Real-time protection can be integrated.