Benefits of SaaS vs Cloud-Native Applications
In comparison, SaaS benefits companies in their consumption of software services, allowing companies to access complicated software at a relatively low cost, less maintenance effort, and flexible timeline. Cloud-native applications, on the other hand, benefit companies from their leverages in software development and deployment, meeting companies’ changing scalability needs and facilitating internal collaboration with steady service and a low cost.
Data Security Best Practices for SaaS and Cloud-Native Applications
Modern day corporations need to deal with large quantity of data, which has become a strategic resource. The DevSquad report suggests that 78% of organizations store sensitive data on SaaS applications. As both types of applications are closely bounded with cloud data storage, it is imperative to ensure their data security.
For SaaS and cloud-native applications, a basic yet effective way to secure data access is to set up controls on single sign-on (SSO) and multi-factor authentication (MFA). There are other data security measures that can be implemented for SaaS and cloud-native applications to protect sensitive data from unauthorized access, leakage, or manipulation. These measures include access control, encryption, vulnerability management, and secure container configurations.
Here are some best practices to enhance data security for SaaS and cloud-native applications:
- Access Controls: Implement strong access controls to limit data access to authorized users or services. Organizations can leverage on Attribute-Based Access Control (ABAC) and enforce least privilege access principles to limit access rights based on users’ roles and responsibilities. Strong access controls ensure that only authorized individuals can access sensitive data.
- Data Loss Prevention (DLP): Implement DLP measures to prevent accidental or intentional data leakage. Organizations can use techniques such as data classification, and data loss prevention tools to detect and prevent unauthorized data exfiltration. By applying data masking or segregation techniques, sensitive data can be obfuscated.
- Secure Logging: Organizations should ensure that logs generated by their cloud-native application, including those that contain potentially sensitive data, are handled securely by authorized users. The logs should be reviewed on a regular basis for potential security incidents or anomalies. To do so, a centralized logging solution can be implemented to provide secure transmission and storage of logs.
As two facets of the booming cloud computing realm, SaaS and cloud-native applications gained enormous significance in today’s business world. Since both of them are closely associated with the storage and processing of a large amount of data, it is crucial to understand how to ensure data security in their application. To learn more about this topic, you are welcome to read more about NextLabs Entitlement Manager for Cloud Applications and articles about cloud security.