Understanding Shared Responsibility For a SaaS Environment

As a SaaS organization, you may be well-versed in the world of cloud computing and feel confident that the cloud is as secure as any on-prem or data center network — as you should. Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) have gone to great lengths to secure their infrastructure, employing in-house security teams with deep expertise and world-class security tools. Few SaaS companies alone can achieve the same level of collective cloud security prowess that an IaaS provider such as AWS or Azure can.

But security of the cloud is different from security in the cloud, which is to say that you — as a SaaS organization — are not off the hook completely. The shared responsibility model that cloud providers subscribe to means that, while they are responsible for the security of cloud infrastructure, you are responsible for the security of your own data, platform, applications systems, and networks.

The better you understand this division of labor, the better you can secure your SaaS environment. In this post, we’ll explore when you need to embrace your responsibility and when it’s okay to let your CSP drive — so you know exactly where to focus your cloud security efforts. Read more “Understanding Shared Responsibility For a SaaS Environment”

The Costs of Open Source & Point Solutions for SaaS Security

As a SaaS company, your time and resources are valuable. You need to make solid, strategic decisions about where to focus your time and energy. You also need to ensure that your organization is secure and compliant in the ways that matter to you and to your customers.

When it comes to security tools, there are a few options:

  • Build your own
  • Buy a bunch of point solutions
  • Use open source security tools
  • Invest in a security platform

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How to Obtain Buy-in on Security Initiatives for Your SaaS Company

Strong security is vital to any SaaS company, enabling platform stability and integrity while instilling confidence in potential customers.

There’s nothing new in this statement, but, with an eye on the bottom line, C-Level executives, board members, and VC firms often take a little more convincing when it comes to implementing new cloud security strategies — especially if it means shelling out cash for new solutions or team members. Obtaining buy-in for new security initiatives can be a time-consuming task requiring several layers of validation.

There’s a very real risk of security initiatives losing out to more obvious business drivers when it comes time for budget allocation. But as an IT or security team lead, it’s your job to advocate for security priorities. In this post, we’ll outline the steps you can take to get the green light you need for your cloud security strategy. Read more “How to Obtain Buy-in on Security Initiatives for Your SaaS Company”