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Navigating SaaS security and compliance with AWS AppFabric

In today’s digital landscape, organizations rely heavily on cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications to streamline operations and increase productivity. However, the widespread adoption of these applications has also created new cybersecurity challenges, particularly with the increasing prevalence of SaaS-to-SaaS connections and the lack of visibility into these interconnected solutions. With recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations emphasizing the need for cybersecurity incident disclosure and risk management, organizations must prioritize the security of their SaaS environments to maintain compliance and protect sensitive data.

Recognizing the challenge

The use of SaaS applications has skyrocketed in recent years, with research indicating that by 2025, cloud-native platforms will underpin over 95% of new digital initiatives – a staggering increase from just under 40% in 2021. The adoption of SaaS applications has undoubtedly revolutionized the way things work enterprises, enabling greater flexibility, scalability and cost efficiency. However, this shift towards cloud-based software solutions has also introduced new cybersecurity risks that organizations must handle carefully.

One of the most important challenges is the proliferation of SaaS-to-SaaS connections, where different SaaS applications seamlessly integrate and share data with each other. While these interconnections increase productivity and collaboration, they also create a complex web of data flows that can be difficult for IT administrators to monitor and security analysts to keep secure. Without proper visibility into these connections, organizations risk exposing sensitive data to potential breaches or unauthorized access, jeopardizing their compliance with industry regulations and best practices. The SEC’s recent ruling on cybersecurity incident disclosure and risk management has further increased the pressure on security teams to take control of their SaaS environments. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in high financial penalties and damage to the organization’s reputation. The lack of comprehensive audit logs and centralized monitoring capabilities adds to the challenge, making it more difficult for security teams to effectively track and investigate security incidents.

Take action

Recognizing the urgent need for reliable SaaS security and compliance solutions, organizations are implementing AWS AppFabric, a service designed to enable organizations to quickly, securely connect SaaS applications and gain visibility into the SaaS technology stack. At its core, AppFabric enables companies to establish secure, auditable connections between multiple SaaS applications, ensuring data flows are protected and the ability to be monitored in near real-time. By leveraging AppFabric’s advanced integration capabilities, organizations can seamlessly normalize, enrich and consolidate audit logs from multiple SaaS sources – without the need for coding.

Increasing your security team’s level of visibility across your applications not only improves your security posture, but also simplifies your reporting and compliance auditing processes. Moreover, AppFabric’s integration with leading security tools such as security information and event management (SIEM) solutions, cloud access security brokers (CASBs), and data lakes such as Amazon Security Lake enables organizations to detect potential threats and respond proactively on them, minimizing the risk of data breaches and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.

First steps

With AppFabric, you can seamlessly connect and authorize SaaS applications, allowing you to monitor and control access from one place. This streamlined approach reduces the risk of security breaches and ensures compliance with industry standards. AppFabric’s intuitive interface guides you through the process of connecting your apps – no coding or ongoing maintenance required. Once authorized, leverage AppFabric’s advanced features to strengthen your security posture.

Application

As the digital world continues to evolve, the importance of SaaS security and compliance cannot be overstated. AWS AppFabric is emerging as a powerful solution that enables organizations to gain complete visibility into their SaaS ecosystems, manage SaaS-to-SaaS connections, and ensure compliance with industry regulations. In this blog, we have discussed the challenges of widespread SaaS adoption and prioritizing the security of your SaaS environment. We also discussed how leveraging AppFabric’s capabilities allows organizations to proactively respond to cybersecurity threats, improve audit log management, and ultimately protect valuable data and maintain stakeholder trust. To learn more about securing your SaaS environment, read How AWS AppFabric and Dynatrace work together to increase SaaS app security observability and combat passwords with AWS AppFabric or get started with a 30-day free AppFabric tier for two SaaS apps.

Disclaimer: This post was partially generated using artificial intelligence (AI)