Best practices:Securing data within SaaS applications

Reducing the attack surface and preventing known threats

Published November 2016

A new paradigm of publicly available, Internet-based applications has emerged over the past decade that has resulted in a massive shift from internally deployed commercial applications to those that are cloud-based.

The first major manifestation of this shift was the adoption of software as a service (SaaS) applications developed, sold and maintained by vendors, such as salesforce.com, netsuite, microsoft, box, and dropbox.

However, because the typical SaaS environment is invisible to network administrators, enterprise security tools designed to protect internal data centers, servers and workstations can’t effectively protect SaaS applications or prevent data leakage.

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