When SaaS access puts your organization at risk of a security breach

When IBM conducted research for its 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index, it found that 60% of all cybersecurity attacks against corporations were committed by insiders – current and former employees, partners and vendors with exclusive knowledge of and access to a corporation’s systems and data. Of these attacks, about 75% were believed or known to be malicious, and the other 25% were believed to be accidental or inadvertent.

In addition to the legal and reputational hazards of these breaches, research conducted in the same year by the Ponemon Institute found that a breach of more than 50,000 files costs a company an average of $7 million.

If you’re serious about protecting your organization from the possibly insurmountable expense, hassle and status loss of a major data breach, you need to start with the most likely threat – the people you purposely gave access to your data.

For enterprise organizations – those most likely to experience a breach of 50,000+ files – the amount of people allowed to access your files and systems likely also numbers in the thousands. When you factor in the multiple cloud-based systems employees need access to, the potential cracks in the system just continue to multiply.

Because SaaS-based systems are so easy to implement, people tend to think having and sharing access to them is “no big deal” – but that’s not true. The more people you have in your organization, and the less you monitor their usage of various systems, the more you fall into risk patterns of unauthorized access.

Consider how many people have left your organization or moved into a different role since you started using multiple SaaS systems across multiple departments. I can guarantee more passwords have been compromised than you could even imagine – and much of the compromise was done with benevolent intent. But that doesn’t matter. With users able to access so many systems, you’re at increased risk of someone doing something they shouldn’t – whether it’s on purpose or not.

One of the best ways to mitigate the threat of internal security breach is giving as few people as possible access to your cloud-based systems. When people change roles or leave your organization, their access to all systems and data needs to be revoked. A SaaS management platform is the most effective way to ensure you’re able to revoke that access across the board – otherwise, it’s near impossible to even know which users have access to which systems.

When you implement Applogie, you have access to usage monitoring on a user level, which gives you the ability to immediately revoke access to all SaaS, IaaS and PaaS software as soon as it’s no longer needed. Applogie’s security monitoring solutions work by monitoring your core systems – like GSuite and Office 365 – then spiraling out from there. If a user leaves GSuite, we know. Then we make sure they don’t retain access to anything else – all your content management and file sharing systems are safe.

You can even flag the user categories that hold the greatest potential for security risks – IT admins, key vendors, C-suite execs and at-risk employees

Because insider threats come from within your trusted systems, from login information that looks safe, the threats can and will fly under your radar without active, humans-included, SaaS management.