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SaaS security for modern organizations

Nudge Security's powerful SaaS security solution allows you to expose shadow IT, eliminate SaaS sprawl, and take control of your supply chain.

Reclaim control of your security posture.

In just minutes, Nudge Security discovers, inventories, and continuously monitors every cloud and SaaS account employees have ever created. No network changes, endpoint agents, or browser extensions required.

Immediately spot supply chain risks.

Accelerate security reviews to match the pace of SaaS adoption with insights on each provider’s security, risk, and compliance programs. Gain visibility across the SaaS supply chain to know if you’re in the blast radius of a data breach.

Work with employees, not against them.

The only way to manage SaaS security at scale is to engage with your workforce—not block them. Deliver helpful security cues based on proven behavioral science to nudge employees toward better decisions and behaviors.

“I haven’t been able to find anything close to what Nudge Security does, especially for employee offboarding. It removes all of the guesswork in knowing what SaaS accounts employees have access to and automates the hard and tedious parts of the process.”

Joe Berardelli
Head of Infrastructure
Blue Owl Capital

“Whether they're ready to admit it or not, every security leader is contending with a sprawling mix of cloud and SaaS providers, permissions, accounts, and identities. Until now, this emerging attack surface has been largely invisible and vulnerable to the types of supply chain attacks in the headlines week after week. Nudge Security recognized that securing the SaaS supply chain is one of the core challenges of modern cybersecurity, and that’s why the Ballistic Ventures team was so eager to invest.”

Kevin Mandia
Strategic Partner
Ballistic Ventures

“For years, the industry has treated cybersecurity as a technology problem when, in fact, it is humans that play the biggest role in keeping enterprises cyber secure. Finally, Nudge Security has emerged to tackle the hardest soft problem in the industry—human behavior.”

Nicole Perlroth
Best-selling author
Advisor
CISA

"Attack surfaces are growing more complex as organizations adopt new cloud and SaaS technologies across a globally distributed workforce. Nudge Security helps provide organizations with increased visibility into today's modern attack surface, and enlists all employees to help protect it."

Mario Duarte
Vice President of Security
Snowflake

"I am of the opinion that SaaS sprawl is a good thing, you have to give your team the flexibility to explore and discover new tools that will help them become more effective at their job. Ideally all those apps should be authenticating in a centralized way using an identity provider like Okta, however, in the real world, it is imperative to have mechanisms in place to account, find and manage the sprawling of those apps and nudge users to help secure the flow of information."

Hector Aguilar
Fmr. President of Technology & CTO
Okta

“Modern CIOs face a difficult balancing act enabling a highly distributed workforce with access to data and technology while trying to control the costs and risks associated with unchecked SaaS sprawl. Nudge Security strikes the right balance and helps modern organizations like ours manage the tide of SaaS sprawl without constraining employees’ abilities to move the business forward.”

AJ Beard
VP Applications and IT
Unify Consulting

“Adversaries are constantly finding new ways to socially engineer employees and attack the vast supply chain of SaaS applications they’re using to gain access to organizations. Every CISO is aware of the challenge they’re up against, and now it’s our job to make sure every CISO knows about Nudge Security and the way they enable employees to be a key part of an enterprise’s defense.”

Roger Thornton
Founding Partner
Ballistic Ventures

“Today, every employee acts as their own CIO and can easily reach for a new cloud or SaaS tool to solve virtually any problem. While organizations see massive gains in productivity and employee satisfaction from such unencumbered IT adoption, cybersecurity has been slow to adapt.”

Ed Amoroso
Founder and CEO
TAG Infosphere
Former CSO
AT&T

“The work that Jaime and Russell did together at AlienVault to build the Open Threat Exchange changed the way threat researchers and practitioners shared intelligence. As a longtime customer, it was a no-brainer for Castra to sign on as one of the first Nudge Security customers. We’re excited about the potential to use this groundbreaking technology to improve service delivery for our customers.”

Grant Leonard
Co-founder
Castra

“As more data moves to cloud and SaaS environments, threat actors are turning their sights on assets and user credentials of which security teams may have little to no awareness. Nudge Security has an innovative approach that helps security teams shore up their defenses against cloud and SaaS threats, starting at the critical point of making the unknown known.”

Chris Doman
Co-founder and CTO
Cado Security

“Even in cybersecurity, people’s attitudes and emotions are strong predictors of their behaviors. Security leaders are setting themselves up for failure when they implement security controls and policies under the false notion that employees will comply unconditionally, regardless of how frustrating or unreasonable they find the experience to be.”

Dr. Aaron Kay, PhD
J Rex Fuqua Professor of Management
Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience
Duke University

“Security teams need to focus on fighting real adversaries, not their colleagues. Nudge Security alleviates the time spent chasing down employees to get them to follow security policies, and it does so in a friendly, automated way that’s much more effective and less stressful for everyone involved.”

Kunal Anand

“In today's SaaS-fueled enterprise, monitoring access at the network layer is no longer enough. Context is key, and 'SaaS context as control' becomes the basis for implementing modern identity- and data-based security controls. Nudge Security innovates beyond other cloud and SaaS security technologies by providing SaaS context quickly and efficiently across all applications and user accounts, managed and unmanaged, enabling security and IT professionals to modernize their SaaS governance efforts.”

Frank Dickson
Group Vice President, Security & Trust
IDC

"I recently had a chance to try out Nudge Security and the experience was amazing! Here is what I found awesome: They made it super easy to get started (configured in 5 mins). There were zero super aggressive sales tactics. Instead of hundreds of alerts, I got to see which ones mattered most right now. There are no heavy handed controls, it's based on 'nudging' users to make better security choices."

Damian Tommasino
Sales Engineer
Cyber Informants

SaaS Security Best Practices

SaaS (software as a service) security is the practice of implementing tools and procedures for protecting an organization's network against cyber threats that may gain access through the use of SaaS applications. SaaS security is crucial for modern organizations, most of which increasingly rely on SaaS applications and services to run their business operations efficiently. As cybersecurity threats evolve and become more sophisticated, organizations need to keep pace with the ways they protect their systems from these threats.

Organizations should maintain the latest SaaS security best practices to ensure that their application data remains secure. Additionally, organizations should implement a comprehensive SaaS data security strategy that includes protocols for assessing risks associated with third-party vendors and partners, monitoring user activity in real-time, utilizing strong authentication protocols, and regularly performing vulnerability scans. 

When designing a SaaS security architecture plan for an organization, it’s important to consider both the external environment (customers accessing your system) as well as your internal environment (employees accessing your system). This will help you create an effective strategy that addresses internal and external security measures, such as controlling access privileges, enforcing strong passwords, and providing multi-factor authentication when necessary. Additionally, organizations should adhere to SaaS security standards, which provide guidelines on how to secure systems to reduce risk levels. 

SaaS security is critical for modern organizations that want to keep their application data safe from malicious attackers while allowing users access at the same time. Following best practices, such as implementing a cloud security architecture framework along with adhering to SaaS industry standards, can help ensure that an organization’s application data remains secure in today’s ever-changing cyber threat landscape.

Developing a SaaS Security Checklist

The right SaaS security checklist for each organization depends heavily on the specific circumstances of the business and the types of SaaS applications it uses. However, nearly every effective SaaS security plan for any type of organization, should include several key components. Here is a sample SaaS application security checklist: 

1. Proactive SaaS Discovery and Risk Assessment

Organizations should create a SaaS security plan that prioritizes proactive, ongoing discovery of all SaaS applications in use by employees so the associated risks can be assessed. This helps organizations identify potential security vulnerabilities or compliance issues quickly. 

2. Multi-Factor Authentication

Organizations should implement multi-factor authentication for all users accessing SaaS applications to ensure security and reduce the risk of unauthorized access. 

3. Single Sign-On Integration

To simplify user authentication and authorization protocols, organizations should include single sign-on (SSO) integration on their SaaS security checklists for easy access to multiple applications with one set of credentials.

4. Shared Account Monitoring

Organizations should carefully monitor shared accounts accessible to multiple users. This helps ensure that only authorized personnel are able to access sensitive data or make changes within the application. 

5. Dormant Account Cleanup

Organizations should regularly review their list of user accounts and disable dormant accounts that belonged to previous employees or that have not been used for a certain length of time. Forgotten dormant accounts can be especially vulnerable to malicious activity if left active without proper oversight. 

6. Password Policy Enforcement

Organizations should enforce strong password policies across all accounts for their SaaS applications. These policies should mandate frequent password changes and require complex passwords that include a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters for added protection against brute force attacks or other forms of unauthorized access attempts.

SaaS Security Posture Management

SaaS security posture is a critical consideration for modern business success in many industries.

SaaS security posture refers to the strength of an organization’s SaaS security measures, including the SaaS security tools and protocols that are in place to prevent and protect against threats introduced via SaaS application usage.

  

SaaS security posture management refers to the effectiveness of the measures an organization uses to oversee and control the SaaS security tools and protocols that are in place.

Effective SaaS security posture management requires a comprehensive security program that addresses all aspects of the organization’s SaaS environment—including all SaaS applications used by any teams or employees for any business purposes.

The first step in effective SaaS security posture management is to develop a comprehensive security policy that outlines the organization’s expectations for its employees and how they use SaaS applications. This policy should address SaaS security best practices like the ones listed in the section above, including password strength guidelines, multi-factor authentication, shared account monitoring, and more. An effective SaaS security checklist should also provide guidance on how to handle potential threats and incidents if and when they arise.

Organizations should also evaluate their existing SaaS solutions to identify any areas where additional security measures may be needed. For example, suppose sensitive data is stored in cloud storage solutions like Google Drive or Dropbox. In that case, organizations should ensure these services are configured with appropriate permissions to protect against unauthorized access or manipulation of data. Organizations should then work to implement additional protections, such as encryption or tokenization, depending on their specific requirements.

 

SaaS Security Framework

A SaaS security framework is a set of guidelines and best practices that businesses can use to ensure the security of their SaaS applications. It is important for businesses that use many different SaaS applications to have an effective SaaS security framework in place as it helps them protect their data, systems, and networks from potential threats. A modern SaaS security framework should include a comprehensive set of security best practices, a security policy template, and various SaaS security controls and tools. 

How to Build a SaaS Security Framework

The first step in developing an effective SaaS security framework is to create a comprehensive set of security best practices. This should include guidelines for secure access control, user authentication protocols, and other measures designed to ensure the safe use of SaaS applications throughout the organization. 

The next step is to create a detailed security policy template that outlines the specific steps employees must take when using or accessing any of the company’s SaaS applications. This document should also include instructions on how employees can report any suspicious activity they may encounter while using these applications. 

Once these documents are in place, businesses can then implement various types of technical controls such as firewalls, antivirus software, intrusion detection systems, and two-factor authentication. These measures can help protect against potential threats. Additionally, businesses should also consider various types of monitoring tools, such as log management solutions or vulnerability scanners, which can help detect any suspicious activity on their networks in real-time.

Organizations should also ensure that all employees are aware of the importance of following the company’s established SaaS security framework by providing regular SaaS security training sessions. These sessions should cover proper usage procedures for all relevant applications as well as any existing policies and procedures related to SaaS cybersecurity. 

By taking all these steps into consideration when developing an effective SaaS security framework for their business operations, organizations can ensure they are properly safeguarding their sensitive data and upholding safety and privacy standards while still allowing employees to make full use of all available SaaS resources.

Take Control of Your SaaS Security Posture

Nudge Security is dedicated to helping organizations improve their cybersecurity posture by empowering each and every employee with the tools and techniques to be a responsible and effective custodian of the company’s online security. Our SaaS security services make it easier than ever for companies to take control of their SaaS attack surface and digital supply chains by providing greater visibility into their security, risk, and compliance programs. Get in touch with the Nudge Security team for more information about use cases or pricing, or start a free trial to start exploring today.

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