For 20 years the enterprise world has been moving their processes, workloads and data into Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications. This change brought greater flexibility and speed, but also the risk of potential data leakages, accidental exposure, non-compliance, and malware threats.
Organizations using SaaS apps need protection against configuration drift, improved visibility, and better control all while staying compliant.
SaaS Security Posture Management (SSPM) are automated security tools that allow for constant monitoring of cloud-based SaaS applications. These tools identify misconfigurations, excessive user permissions, and unnecessary user accounts, helping IT and security teams to ensure compliance with internal policies and external regulations.
● Simplify Compliance: SaaS applications are by nature decentralized and dynamic, creating a challenge for enterprise compliance teams. SSPM continuously monitors the compliance between the internal systems and regulatory standards. In case of any discrepancies, SSPM notifies the administrator or sometimes can occasionally remediate automatically.
● Monitor User Permissions: The essence of SSPM lies in effectively managing user permissions for actions in the different applications. SSPM solutions offer alerts when they believe a certain user to be over permissioned.
● Eliminate Cloud Misconfigurations: Data leakages often occur due to misconfigurations in SaaS applications. Even when configurations are set up perfectly on day one, they may drift or become non compliant over time. SSPM automatically checks the configurations and ensures they remain compliant and configured correctly.
Below are the key features and functionalities that most SSPM providers offer:
● Application Support: SSPM must enable quick integrations across the SaaS ecosystem within the enterprise, including HR systems, customer support tools, project management systems, dashboards, workspaces, and other integrated software. Ideally, the SSPM must be able to identify any misconfigurations or inappropriate roles in any system.
● Remediation: SSPM must offer remediation services, either automatically or manually, through the vendor.
● In-built Security Benchmarks: SSPM should offer built-in security options to check and set right any insecure configurations or non-adherence to compliance.
● 24/7 Monitoring: SSPM must constantly monitor and provide security and compliance capabilities to the enterprise’s SaaS applications.