For many, SaaS security means that it’s just about the threats a user faces while accessing the web. But, it means much more than that for both providers and customers. Most security requirements and best practices vary from industry to industry and company to company, but there are some common characteristics. Here is a glance at six best practices to follow in ensuring SaaS security.

#1 – Know Your SaaS Provider

Ensure that you choose a reputed and reliable SaaS provider. The right provider can make all the difference in offering you the best services and security. They can also keep you updated about the latest advancements in application security and take steps to adapt them to your software. 

#2 – Advanced Authentication Practices

Find out how your SaaS provider handles user authentication – some offer existing identity integration while others have their own system, some offer multi-step authentication while others do not. Choose the kind of authentication according to your specific needs and ensure that the provider gives you the most advanced possibilities.

#3 – Data Encryption

SaaS providers often provide data encryption capabilities for not just data in transit but also for data at rest. Discuss with your provider whether it is a default option for them or has to be requested or enabled specifically. In both cases, it is good to have some sort of data encryption to better ensure security. 

#4 – Keep usage Inventory

SaaS models can deploy applications rapidly and therefore runs a risk of unexpected usage. Keeping track of usage or having a steady usage inventory will help in resolving security issues faster. It is advisable to run a combination of manual and automated tools to achieve this systematic usage inventory.

#5 – Constant Monitoring

Timely monitoring of your SaaS application can solve a lot of security issues as sometimes it catches potential breaches beforehand. The relevant information can be collected using many internal tools by you or your provider. Your SaaS should be treated as you would treat any enterprise application in terms of security best practices.

#6 – External Support Resources (if needed)

Most SaaS providers can take care of all your security needs. If at all you feel the need to add more security for your data, find options that can layer on additional security controls for you – an example is Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) tools.

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SaaS is a highly beneficial model for users and providers alike, if all the security best practices are met. Businesses get the opportunity to focus on things that they do best while the software service is provided to them for fair prices. SaaS providers and enterprises often need cloud hosting services to support their operations, and that’s where VEXXHOST clouds come in. For many of our clients, our OpenStack-based public and private clouds are the preferred choices because of their highly scalable and secure nature.  

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