Key Capabilities for SaaS Security

SaaS ecosystems have grown complex as more SaaS platforms have been adopted into the enterprise, and maintaining appropriate SaaS security has become more challenging. A robust SaaS security program covers a business’s entire SaaS footprint, provides security teams with greater visibility into threats, and uses automated tools to keep growing workloads manageable.

AppOmni offers all of the key components needed for a successful SaaS security program. We make it easy for organizations to secure their SaaS data and keep it secure over time.

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Configuration Management & Posture Management

Your SaaS security program should provide a complete picture of your security posture. Verify that your program offers a broad security scope for third-party application management as well as data access management to help you understand how business-critical SaaS applications are being used across your organization. Expertise and remediation advice should be available directly in your security tools, freeing up your Network Security team’s time and energy to focus on the highest risk misconfigurations, incorrect permissions, and exposures, wherever they may be. 

Many organizations stop their SaaS security program here and don’t go any deeper. While configuration management and posture management are essential for SaaS security, they are just part of the many capabilities necessary for a comprehensive SaaS security program. Stopping at configuration and posture management puts business-critical applications at risk. The following functionality is also critical for a successful SaaS security program.

Deep Security Architecture

A robust SaaS security program includes deep security coverage for your most business-critical SaaS applications, since this is where the greatest risk resides. Depth of coverage helps you achieve SaaS security that protects and monitors your entire enterprise. Additionally, running comprehensive security checks provides a clear look into the SaaS ecosystem, integrations, and domains of risk. This is especially important for SaaS applications that are foundational to your business processes and store company data, such as Salesforce, Microsoft 365, ServiceNow, and Workday

Continuous Monitoring & Threat Detection

Given the complex and dynamic nature of cloud and SaaS platforms, periodic audits and pentests aren’t sufficient to maintain the security of your SaaS ecosystem. Instead, organizations need to embrace automated tools that continuously monitor the millions of SaaS policy settings and permissions. This will ensure that logs from all key applications are collected, normalized, and enriched to provide alerts on events of interest. To make these alerts actionable and effective, it’s also important that they integrate into your SIEM tools.

Automated Workflow

The tight labor market means that Network Security teams are often inundated with requests and stretched thin. As a result, your team may not have a structured process to identify, detect, protect against, respond to, and recover from security threats. Automated workflows are designed to establish and enforce consistent data access policies across all SaaS applications to alleviate some of the burden on your security team and help them stay vigilant about possible areas of exposure. 

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DevSecOps

Leverage DevSecOps to shift left in your development cycle while also maintaining enterprise-level quality control. DevSecOps provides automation, continuous monitoring, and consistent communication between teams. It also ensures that your team can respond to threats efficiently and at scale as SaaS application adoption continues to grow.

Governance & Risk Compliance

A key aspect of a robust SaaS security program is the ability to help organizations achieve and maintain compliance with regulatory requirements over time. Your SaaS security program is only as good as its alignment with business objectives. Establishing a SaaS governance or assurance plan that implements security measures will reduce risk associated with your SaaS applications. The plan should include compliance frameworks, documentation, and due diligence for ongoing monitoring and risk reduction. 

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System Functionality

Look for system requirements and onboarding capabilities that help set up your SaaS security program for success. Your solution should be easy to deploy and allow your security team to add and monitor new applications as your SaaS environment grows. Well-documented APIs, customizable alerts, and a solution delivered through SaaS are just a few of the capabilities your program will need.

Our SaaS Security Checklist is a helpful guide as you build or improve your SaaS security program and processes.

AppOmni was founded by experienced security leaders from Salesforce and ServiceNow who saw a gap in the security of SaaS platforms that wasn’t completely addressed by existing security solutions. AppOmni now protects more than 76 million users on SaaS platforms and has secured more than 230 million exposed data records. If you have questions about any of the topics covered, or the SaaS security challenges unique to your organization, we’re happy to help.

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