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SaaS security posture management and its Capabilities

SaaS Security Posture Management is an automated security mechanism designed primarily for SaaS applications. A business can have tens, hundreds, or thousands of employees working on tens or hundreds of applications to serve their job. Thus, it’s not wrong to say that vulnerabilities will be there in the network ecosystem.

According to Gartner’s survey, by the end of 2025, 99% of the SaaS security 

downfalls will be due to the customer’s fault. 

SSPM is the need for the hour for assured protection of SaaS services, with data bringing more & more crucial patterns and results.

Why do you need SSPM (or the major pain points businesses are suffering with)?

There’re several agitating issues. Here, we are describing the major pain points to help you understand the unavoidable need for SSPM tool for your system: 

  • SaaS apps have hundreds of configurations monitoring everything- for example, G Suite (or Google Workspace), user login, administrative & operational meetings on Zoom window. You just can’t rely on their default settings.
  • Often, the workforce isn’t able to find a secure location to manage the structure of SaaS applications. Furthermore, the admin has to check every app in case there’s something wrong with the applications.
  • Each app has its own unique configuration & interpretation. You can’t understand what each app offers on the security posture & data sharing, as these technicalities are buried deep in their console.

Why is SaaS security ‘posture’?

The hybrid working system, particularly after the Covid-19 pandemic has brought operational security threats out of organisational control, over the internet. This enhances the chances of an unauthorised user accessing vital data & disturbing the entire working system.

Security ‘posture’ is a phrase referring to this system’s capability to combat these unwanted invasions. Like your hybrid mode of working, the SaaS security posture is hosted remotely in the cloud & not on an internal network engine. 

This automated posture detects security risks and eradicates the invasion exemplified by manual errors.  

How does SaaS Security Posture Management (SSPM) work?

Businesses are stocking their sensitive data into various types of SaaS apps. Thus, the chances of spontaneous exposure, data leakage, and malware are more. Here, the SSPM protects the ecosystem with properties like-  

  • visibility
  • transparency
  • restrictions (such as limited user permission setting)
  • compliance management capabilities

An instant alert on misconfiguration detected by the tool can secure the users’ data and prevents further attacks. SSPM streamline the monitoring processes & map the industry standards i.e., CIS & NIST.  

Often the developers lack either skills, resources, or both to build tight security agreements with their users. Also, the healthy enforcement of these policies on the users is a massive task in itself. Here, SSPM eases the overwhelming task by monitoring the SaaS configuration constantly to check out if the implemented protocols are as per business norms or not. 

SaaS Security Posture Management (SSPM) Capabilities?

Be it integrated AI, ML or any other smart next-generation cloud computing solutions, SSPM can automate all your SaaS security issues smoothly. The performance of your SSPM tool depends on its capabilities e.g., 

  • Cloud Data Access Control– Both, for external & internal users- from both the faces i.e., inside out of the organisation by a set of restricted access policies.
  • Motorized visibility protection– It harbours any sort of open access gaps. These gaps are often the soft targets for hackers for breaching critical data.
  1. The Healthcare industry has the highest data breach cost of $7.13 million.
  2. Total percentage If data breaches committed by a malicious activity- 52%
  3. Data breaching caused by a malicious attach stayed the costliest over the past 5 years.
  4. The average time to identify & prevent a data breach caused by a vicious attack is 315 days

These facts and figures are self-explanatory for why you need the SSPM tool to safeguard your SaaS ecosystem. 

  • Automated malware protection: As per a survey, 94% of the malware is targeted through emails, Russia being the highest source of spam.

When SSPM monitors, detects, & identifies any kind of malicious files or affected data, it automatically restores data impacted by the attack. It offers labour-saving malware and ransomware protection by invading your cloud SaaS data and blocking any illegal access to the configuration.  

  • Complete maintenance & control: Its capability to fix your bugs instantly allows you to have full control over the database. It confirms a system with no exposed (or, accessible anonymously) data sets & subsets.
  • Easy admin ownership: You can easily exclude other employees from taking ownership & transferring the data to another cloud SaaS account, in case any unauthorised activity is observed.
  • Applications Risk Assessment: Security gaps are met by maximizing governance & transparency in SaaS apps. SSPM takes the control of what the users can access & integrate with cloud SaaS settings.

Conclusion: 

The SSPM evaluates SaaS security risks, manages every SaaS application, and assesses other configuration drifts & cloud security issues so that your business-integral data can be kept safe. This automated security tool can conquer alarming threats by adding high-level immunity to your cloud SaaS apps. 

Blog Digital Security: Not a product, but a Process

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Pallavi Yadav

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