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9/28/2020
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9 Tips to Prepare for the Future of Cloud & Network Security

Cloud and network security analysts outline trends and priorities businesses should keep top of mind as they grow more reliant on cloud.
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For SaaS, Maintenance Is Key
SaaS is the largest form of public cloud and the hardest for businesses to control, making its upkeep 'the most significant security challenge' businesses face, Riley said. While most cloud-based applications are resilient to attack, they aren't as controllable as apps running in-house.
Further complicating the problem, most lines of business have an immature idea of how apps should be maintained, he continued. 'They think an application is like a statue -- something to be put on a shelf and admired,' Riley said. 'We know that an application is more like an animal -- a living, breathing thing that requires ongoing care.'
SaaS applications require attention throughout the duration of their life cycle. Many organizations don't know which SaaS applications they're using and end up paying more than once for services that are essentially the same. Policy becomes an afterthought, as do implementation plans that require integration with other commonly used business tools.
Non-IT spending on SaaS continues to grow, creating a set of problems that IT will eventually have to handle. For example, the marketing team may want to use a cool, new SaaS application that won't integrate with your enterprise-approved collaboration platform. In cases like these, business and security must meet in the middle and choose a marketing tool that integrates with existing business tools and can be governed by a cloud access security broker (CASB).
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For SaaS, Maintenance Is Key

SaaS is the largest form of public cloud and the hardest for businesses to control, making its upkeep "the most significant security challenge" businesses face, Riley said. While most cloud-based applications are resilient to attack, they aren't as controllable as apps running in-house.

Further complicating the problem, most lines of business have an immature idea of how apps should be maintained, he continued. "They think an application is like a statue -- something to be put on a shelf and admired," Riley said. "We know that an application is more like an animal -- a living, breathing thing that requires ongoing care."

SaaS applications require attention throughout the duration of their life cycle. Many organizations don't know which SaaS applications they're using and end up paying more than once for services that are essentially the same. Policy becomes an afterthought, as do implementation plans that require integration with other commonly used business tools.

Non-IT spending on SaaS continues to grow, creating a set of problems that IT will eventually have to handle. For example, the marketing team may want to use a cool, new SaaS application that won't integrate with your enterprise-approved collaboration platform. In cases like these, business and security must meet in the middle and choose a marketing tool that integrates with existing business tools and can be governed by a cloud access security broker (CASB).

(Image: Bubbers -- stock.adobe.com)

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Great article!
Very informative article!!! Great job!
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Well done
Appreciate the breadth of topics, coverage.
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Nice article!
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