SaaS Risk: 3 Tips to Provide Guardrails Instead of Gates

New hybrid work models are causing significant shifts both in where employees work and in how organizations procure technology. In the wake of the pandemic, public cloud spending is booming and Gartner forecasts public cloud services will grow another 23% in 2021 to $332.3 billion with software as a service (SaaS) being the largest market segment.

With increased SaaS reliance comes new risk, and organizations are scrambling to shore up security and compliance threats for a more secure future of work.

According to a recent Snow Software survey, 92% of IT leaders report their organizations are moving or have already moved to hybrid work. Much of the recent SaaS growth has been driven by organizations’ need to provide access to applications from anywhere. It’s one important way they are keeping employees productive. The difference between SaaS and traditional, installed applications is installed apps have established mechanisms for controlling access such as application blacklisting (anti-virus), whitelisting and scores of others.