What is SaaS Security Posture Management (SSPM)?
More and more, companies are using SaaS applications to handle many tasks, such as marketing and sales. As this trend grows, so do the many security and compliance risks it poses. SSPM offers a solution for monitoring the use of SaaS applications. What is the SSPM? The term refers to the products that companies use to detect, analyze and reduce these risks. Threats that can arise with SaaS applications include:
- Compliance Challenges
- Loose guidelines regarding permitted use
- Precarious configurations
- Inactive users who may still have access
SSPM security gives businesses the control they need to protect sensitive business (and sometimes personal) information that resides across multiple applications. It provides insight into potential issues your teams may face with SaaS, allowing you to research tools to prevent issues.
SSPM security: what are the benefits?
Without SaaS application security posture management, organizations could face significant security and compliance consequences. The following benefits indicate why SSPM is a necessity for many organizations:
Configuration errors are a major threat to cloud security and contribute to many data breaches. A company may configure an application correctly at first, but gradual drifts can lead to compliance issues later. SSPM makes it easier to ensure that an organization maintains secure configurations, even as applications evolve and the users accessing them change.
Reinforces authorized usage parameters
Even within the same application, not all employees will have access to the same information. SSPM examines resources to detect if users have more than their approved permission in an application. This feature better protects data, confirming that only authorized people can access and manipulate it.
SaaS applications have made compliance management more complex. SSPM addresses these issues by systematically benchmarking the security posture against internal structures and industry frameworks.
While the benefits of SSPM are substantial, posture management can be a very complicated process for businesses large and small. As a result, SSPM security presents some challenges, including:
- Managing a Myriad of Applications: Different applications may take different approaches to configuration, data sharing, and similar tasks. Ensuring effective security will involve the tedious task of going through each of them.
- Navigate through different application interfaces: Organizations must localize security features in each configuration, and these features may be different in each application. This can render easy tasks, such as allowing employees to use certain applications, ineffective.
- Respond to configuration drift: Configuring an application once is rarely enough, as it can deviate from the initial configuration, creating security risks if left unchecked.
Why SSPM is not enough
As valuable as SSPM can be to organizations, it is an insufficient security measure because it fails to recognize the dynamic nature of SaaS applications. SSPM only allows administrators to discover issues that arise under specific configurations. It doesn’t help them understand who is using these apps and how they are using them.
Additionally, SSPM products tend to only support a certain number of applications, namely Salesforce, Slack, and Microsoft Office 365. This makes it difficult for businesses to rely on SSPM for all SaaS resources. . Similarly, any new SaaS applications integrated into operations are unlikely to be covered by SSPM security. Relying solely on SSPM can leave gaps in your security strategy, opening the door to more risk and possibly leading to compliance issues.
Using a SaaS Security Control Plane (SSCP)
Organizations that have only implemented SSPM security can benefit from combining this solution with a SaaS Security Control Plane (SSCP). The SSCP is crucial for any business that wants to protect against the security threats of the modern world. It looks for risks across the entire SaaS framework, using security controls for users and processes.
Additionally, SSCP encompasses a broader pool of SaaS resources, from sanctioned and unsanctioned applications to managed or unmanaged devices. A fast deployment time also makes SCCP very efficient.
SSPM versus SSCP
As mentioned, SSCP involves organizing security across the entire infrastructure. This includes technologies, such as SSPM, in addition to applications, people, and processes. It goes beyond the standard protection of frequently used applications like Office 365 to monitor all the resources a business uses for day-to-day operations.
With its enhanced capabilities, an SSCP can allow your business to freely use applications while having peace of mind that each one is secure. It can also mitigate the risks that SSPM creates by overseeing divergent configurations across multiple applications, such as drift and resulting compliance issues. In this way, using SSCP not only benefits your security strategy, but also helps you meet industry standards.
Improve security with an SSCP
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