5 Effective Strategies to Mitigate SaaS Security Risks

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5 Effective Strategies to Mitigate SaaS Security Risks

In the evolving landscape of technology adoption, where employees drive the usage of software anytime, anywhere, and on any device, IT and security teams are grappling with an expansive SaaS attack surface. This often unknown or unmanaged terrain significantly amplifies the risk of identity-based threats. According to a recent report by CrowdStrike, compromised identities, including cloud and SaaS credentials, are implicated in 80% of contemporary breaches. To address this challenge, IT security leaders require practical and effective SaaS security solutions. Here are five key ways in which Nudge Security can be instrumental.

Close the Visibility Gap

A comprehensive understanding of the entire SaaS application landscape is foundational for modern IT governance. Without a clear view of the complete SaaS footprint, organizations cannot confidently identify the storage location of corporate intellectual property, make assumptions about customer data, or assert control over production data. Nudge Security offers real-time, continuous SaaS discovery without the need for agents, browser plug-ins, network proxies, or complex API configurations. This enables organizations to swiftly obtain a full inventory of all SaaS accounts, along with security context, alerts for new app introductions, and the ability to automate SaaS governance tasks.

Manage OAuth Risks

Employees now wield the ability to seamlessly integrate multiple SaaS applications and data through no-code/low-code integrations using OAuth grants. This intricate web of interconnected SaaS applications poses a challenge in answering the fundamental question of who has access to corporate assets. IT and security teams must regularly review OAuth grants to identify and rectify overly permissive scopes and app-to-app connections. Nudge Security simplifies this process by providing the necessary context to analyze OAuth grants effectively.

Monitor Your SaaS Attack Surface

Recent high-profile breaches targeting enterprise SaaS tools underline the growing trend of attackers infiltrating customer environments through the software supply chain. Understanding what corporate assets are externally visible to attackers is crucial. Nudge Security’s SaaS attack surface dashboard reveals all externally facing assets, including SaaS apps, cloud infrastructure, dev tools, social media accounts, and registered domains. This visibility empowers proactive steps to minimize and protect the SaaS attack surface.

Expand SSO Coverage

Single sign-on (SSO) plays a vital role in managing employees’ access to enterprise SaaS applications centrally. Organizations often aim to enroll all critical applications in SSO, but the introduction of new SaaS applications outside of governance processes complicates this effort. Nudge Security identifies which apps are enrolled in SSO, prioritizing onboarding efforts, and facilitates SSO onboarding workflows when new apps are introduced.

Extend MFA Usage

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) adds an additional layer of security to thwart unauthorized access. Nudge Security provides visibility into user accounts with enabled MFA and prompts users to enable MFA through “nudges” sent via email or Slack. This ensures adherence to SaaS security best practices, particularly in the context of applications adopted without IT oversight.

Embark on SaaS Security Enhancement Today

Nudge Security empowers IT and security teams with complete visibility over every SaaS and cloud asset within their organizations, offering real-time alerts and enabling proactive measures. This comprehensive visibility aids in eliminating shadow IT, securing rogue accounts, minimizing the SaaS attack surface, and automating tasks seamlessly, all while maintaining the pace of work.