Software as a service (SaaS) is a software licensing and delivery model where software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted by a third-party provider and made available to customers over the internet. SaaS removes the need for organizations to install and run applications on their own computers or in their own data centers. This eliminates the expense of hardware acquisition, provisioning and maintenance, as well as software licensing, installation and support.
Interest in SaaS has been increasing over the years. Initially, total cost of ownership was a frequent roadblock and while still expensive, there are many more providers promising lower cost, faster time to market and operational efficiency. Fear of security breaches has now jumped to the top of the list of roadblocks due to security gaps around protecting data in the cloud. It seems the issue is likely more around understanding provider’s security posture, organizational planning, policy creation and managing access to applications than can allow security breaches.
View article from Gartner that provides an overview of steps to assist with SaaS security gaps.
This blog was authored by CBE’s Security Team.