With more and more businesses becoming dependent on mobility solutions, the risks of cyber threats have also increased manifold. Cyber threats result in privacy breach, harmful third-party inputs, penetration, which is very severe for the health of a business. They could even lead to a huge financial loss. Cloud software and Saas software comparatively face more risks as data is secured in the provider’s data center. These data are further processed by the service provider in their own way to maintain high availability and security. Hence, conforming to certain security measures is of utmost importance for the purpose of maintaining the security of cloud and SaaS software
Following are a few ways through which one can maintain the security of these applications:
Get access to the applications under strict control
There should be a centralized system of control for securing access to the applications. This should be the top-most priority. Appropriate permissions should be made mandatory for granting access to applications containing sensitive data. Permissions should be tied with the job position of the employee/staff.
Complex Authentication process
Two-factor authentication mechanism should be kept in place for logging in to applications. The one-factor method of providing a username and a password is relatively less safe. This will make the application more vulnerable to third-party attacks. Gathering password and username details is an easy task for hackers. Hence, in addition to username and password, the option of providing one-time passwords for logging in should also be adopted.
Make use of a virtual private cloud
Request your SaaS provider to provide a cloud environment (Virtual Private Cloud) exclusive for hosting your applications. This way you can have your supreme control over the data. Clients and employees can establish a secure connection to the data center through the VPC. All the data traffic can move to and fro through the VPC, which can be encrypted with an appropriate Internet protocol security hardware.
Safe & secure password reset procedure
A secure password reset system should be used. It is a common habit of people to keep simple hint questions while setting the password reset format. This should be avoided, as they are quite easy to guess by others. Hence, security questions should always be the ones, which are difficult to guess. The whole password reset process should be a tough one.
Secure the Deployment of application:
SaaS applications are generally hosted by the SaaS vendors and service providers. They can also be deployed on a public cloud. SaaS service providers maintain the required security and infrastructure to ensure data and network security. On the other hand, when they are hosted in a public cloud, the owner of the application has to take all the necessary safety measures to protect the network from third harmful party penetration and Dos attacks. In that case, business Enterprise mobility solutions are advised to confirm and stick to the security practices which are being recommended by the public cloud vendor.
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Adopt a Rigorous vulnerability procedure
Every cloud service provider provides vulnerability checking and response tools. Businesses should emphasize on getting the latest tools and techniques from their SaaS providers. The vulnerability analysis procedure should be a rigorous one, which is capable of identifying even the smallest and minor issues. Similarly, the solutions offered to the vulnerabilities should include automated security assessments, along with shorter assessment time and determining the perfect tests for different weaknesses. Vulnerability testing procedures should be frequent and ongoing.
Adoption of a data deletion policy.
Business organizations should adopt a mandatory data deletion policy to prevent a data breach. This practice can be adopted after the expiration of the said contract with the customer.
Encryption of end to end data
Business enterprises should make sure that all the interactions within the servers happen over SSL transmission. Data encryption is must and should be in place when data is in rest too. Cloud and SaaS service providers also provide the option of field-level encryption. In case all data could not be encrypted, the filed with the most sensitive information should be encrypted.