Data Defense: Leveraging SaaS Security Tools

Data Defense: Leveraging SaaS Security Tools
Tue, 06/04/2024 – 05:15


The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market has burgeoned in recent years, driven by its convenience, scalability, and cost-effectiveness. As per the Thales 2024 Data Threat Report, enterprises reported they were using, on average, 84 SaaS apps in their operations. However, with this growth comes the challenge of organizational SaaS sprawl, as businesses adopt multiple SaaS applications across various departments without a centralized management strategy. This can lead to fragmentation of data and growing complexity in ensuring security and compliance.

Concurrently, cybercrime is skyrocketing, targeting SaaS platforms due to their widespread usage driven by today’s distributed workforces and the valuable data they host. As per the upcoming Thales 2024 Cloud Security Report, SaaS apps were ranked as the top target for cyberattacks. This highlights the cybersecurity challenges companies face in an evolving work landscape.

Alongside these issues, an increasingly stringent regulatory landscape is imposing stricter compliance mandates on data protection, privacy, and sovereignty, meaning SaaS providers and their users need more robust security measures.

Data Protection Models for SaaS

To add complexity on top of the SaaS sprawl, rocketing cybercrime, and increased regulation, organizations are rapidly transitioning to multi- or hybrid-cloud deployment models, leveraging a combination of public and private clouds and on-premises infrastructure. While offering flexibility and resilience, these models introduce additional security considerations for enterprise SaaS users, such as managing access controls and ensuring seamless data protection policies across disparate environments and across multiple SaaS applications. Similarly, SaaS providers operating in a multi-cloud environment face the challenge of maintaining security and compliance while ensuring seamless service delivery to their enterprise users.

One data protection solution gaining strong traction in the market relies on organizations’ tighter ownership and cont

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