AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In 2017, 38% of companies ran their businesses almost entirely on SaaS, a number that is expected to double by 2020. The rapid rise of workplace SaaS applications has made it easier for employees to do their jobs, but this runaway train is difficult for IT to keep pace with, let alone manage and secure. Every SaaS application brought into an organization represents a complex sprawl of information -- data now exists in multiple systems and devices, making it nearly impossible to protect. More than twenty of this decade's most notable data breaches resulted from companies not having visibility or control over a SaaS application.
Today, BetterCloud offers IT a new strategy for the SaaS-powered workplace by releasing the first-ever "SaaS Application Management and Security Framework" at its annual user conference, Altitude. The Framework is the focal point of the company's just published book Controlling Your SaaS Environment, written by BetterCloud founder and CEO David Politis, that addresses the main challenges SaaS creates for IT organizations and outline ways to solve them.
"Whether you like it or not, SaaS applications are taking over the workplace. But, the more we rely on SaaS to get business done, the more complex the IT environment becomes from a management and security perspective," says David Politis, founder and CEO, BetterCloud. "I've spent the past three years talking to thousands of IT professionals so that we can grasp how SaaS is changing their jobs and together develop a comprehensive methodology for IT professionals and the industry in general."
The SaaS Application Management and Security Framework consists of the following elements:
- Centralization -- IT organizations must have a holistic view of all of the data within SaaS applications to be able to fully secure it.
- Discoverability -- Once data is centralized, IT needs the ability to search, filter and find critical files, users and objects to ensure they are protected.
- Insights -- IT can only stop a known threat; having alerts in place that trigger a corrective response provides insurance against ignorance and identifies what's causing significant security risks.
- Action -- After getting clarity of their SaaS environment, it's important IT is able to execute administrative and operational tasks at the macro or micro level.
- Automation -- A multiplying SaaS stack creates an overwhelming workload at a frantic pace and automating administration and compliance is the only way for IT to keep up.
- Delegation & Auditability -- Following the least privilege model is hard to do in SaaS environments unless IT has the ability to customize access based on individual roles and then monitor and track all actions within each application.
"This is a must read for every modern IT leader. You should read this immediately to help audit, protect, and optimize your current environment," says Ryan Donnon, IT and Data Manager, First Round Capital.
Together, all six elements form a playbook for running SaaS applications safely, efficiently and at scale. This framework helps provide the clarity and control IT organizations need for success in the SaaS era.
"The SaaS economy is booming; every day there's a new application for a different use case or department," says Politis. "It's revolutionizing the modern workplace and companies can't afford for IT to fall behind. Our book provides IT with an actionable strategy to meet the challenges of SaaS today and in the future."
Controlling Your SaaS Environment is now on Amazon.com and available for free for a limited time only.
BetterCloud is the first SaaS application management and security platform, enabling IT to centralize, orchestrate, and operationalize day-to-day administration and control for SaaS applications. Every day, thousands of customers rely on BetterCloud to centralize data and controls, surface operational intelligence, enforce complex security policies, and delegate custom administrator privileges across SaaS applications. BetterCloud is headquartered in New York City with an engineering office in Atlanta, GA. For more information, please visit www.bettercloud.com.