SaaS Security: Prioritizing Security for Cloud Apps

Cloud applications help remote workers stay productive, but can open new avenues for data leakage and breaches. Here’s why your cloud security should adapt to the new way of work.

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The best leaders are always looking for ways to improve business process efficiencies and streamline infrastructure. Many organizations begin their digital transformation by moving to SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) applications. Cloud-based applications can help your workers be more productive, and they open up new ways of collaborating and communicating. More than 11,000 SaaS available applications provide more opportunities than ever to propel your business forward.

But, with people connecting directly to the Internet, bypassing old defenses, and storing information in the cloud, old approaches to security no longer apply. The cloud is akin to the wild west for a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO): an unfettered environment with limited visibility and control that can leave your workforce, critical data, and intellectual property (IP) exposed and vulnerable.

Most traditional security products are largely reactive and focus on keeping the bad guys out—despite the inconvenience and expense it places on your organization and your staff. In contrast, Forcepoint believes in a human-centric approach that represents the modern cybersecurity path forward. It’s an approach that delivers visibility into and context around anomalous behavior on a network while dynamically automating security response based on the level of risk. In taking a one-to-one versus one-to-many approach to security, organizations can identify breaches before they happen and move left-of-breach with frictionless security that keeps employees productive.

Making it safe to work from home: shifting perspectives in security  

Many organizations are enabling—or, through government mandate, requiring—employees to work from home or other remote locations. As a result, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) support continues to gain popularity as employees connect to their company network via cloud applications and the device of their choice. While this flexibility enables your remote workforce to remain productive while working from any location, it also opens up more avenues for data leakage and potential breaches.

The typical company uses 600 to 1,000 SaaS apps. But, on average, only 59% of organizations have a formalized BYOD policy—which makes security gaps inevitable. Almost all organizations have to deal with the problem of shadow IT: employees using cloud-based apps that haven’t been vetted by their IT department. Unmanaged endpoints leave people and data vulnerable; security teams lack visibility into how data is being accessed and used; and organizations can’t effectively enforce data protection policies.

SaaS apps, remote work, and cloud dependence are parts of the new reality; Organizations must ensure they don’t sacrifice business resilience as a result of any advantages gained.

By embracing certain shifts in perspective relevant to today’s new way of working, you will ensure your security strategy is built for the modern workforce—and that your people and data are at the forefront of your growth.

Scaling your security strategy to protect people and data wherever work happens can be challenging. Forcepoint is here to help. Visit us to learn more about protecting your remote work environment. 

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