SaaS Security refers to securing user privacy and corporate data in subscription-based cloud applications. SaaS applications carry a large amount of sensitive data and can be accessed from almost any device by a mass of users, thus posing a risk to privacy and sensitive information.
Until a few years ago, most business applications and data were hosted on in-house servers. From a security perspective, this put all of the onus on the operation, but at least it was clear what needed to be secured – and how to do it. The infrastructure was local and familiar. All that changed, though, as more businesses have adopted Software as a Service (SaaS) tools.
SaaS tools live in the cloud, and the programs present new security concerns, including vulnerability to new malware and phishing attacks to the potential exposure of client data. However, with appropriate SaaS Security tools, businesses can secure these cloud-based programs.
But what exactly is SaaS Security? Put simply, it is cloud-based security designed to protect the sensitive information these applications carry from the widespread use and the easy access they provide.
Most people are lazy with their security practices. They recycle passwords or save them to their systems and, because SaaS programs are hosted in the cloud, this makes them vulnerable to account takeovers. One key advantage of SaaS Security programs like Check Point’s CloudGuard is that it enforces strong authentication practices, which can keep accounts from being hijacked by hackers. Though strong passwords and multi-factor authentication should be second nature for all professionals by now, sometimes it takes some extra reinforcement to ensure people are following protocols.
Of course, it’s not just in-house account identities that your business should be worried about. By closely guarding staff accounts against hackers, CloudGuard SaaS also protects your clients’ identities and other sensitive information. Customers don’t take data breaches lightly, but you don’t have to worry because CloudGuard SaaS stops hackers at the gates.
Businesses of all sizes – even those with robust IT departments – are regularly hit by phishing, ransomware, and similar attacks, and these aren’t broad-based scams. No, the majority of these attacks target known SaaS weaknesses, amplifying their effectiveness. To protect their systems from such attacks, businesses need comprehensive SaaS Security designed to stop today’s most common system threats, from zero-day attacks to phishing scams.
Cyber attacks have only gotten savvier in recent years, evolving more quickly to outpace security systems, but one of the advantages of SaaS-based platforms, both for applications and security, is that it can change quickly too. CloudGuard SaaS is a multi layered security solution that catches more hacking and phishing attacks than competing programs – by using AI, it can quickly sense malicious user activity, block potentially compromising access, and even identify the types of text patterns indicative of a potential phishing scam.
One major challenge with SaaS Security solutions is that many only target a specific set of cloud applications, often those from within the same brand or suite of programs. Most businesses, however, use a wide range of programs, including common platforms like G-Suite and OneDrive, as well as specialized enterprise software. Once again, Check Point’s CloudGuard has closed the gap. As the leading SaaS Security solution, CloudGuard protects all of these off the shelf solutions, as well as industry-specific tools.
Today’s hackers are on the cutting edge, always uncovering new vulnerabilities and honing new strategies with the goal of evading detection. That’s why your business’s SaaS Security solution needs to be faster than they are.
Contact Check Point today to start your free trial of CloudGuard and see the difference for yourself.