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I Have Heard There Are Few Security Risks with SaaS, Is This True?

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is one of the biggest selling points of cloud computing when approaching businesses with costly software needs. Proponents of SaaS insist there are very few risks associated with it, while those who argue against SaaS say the security risks are innumerable. The truth is actually somewhere in the middle. 

SaaS does indeed have inherent security risks – just as anything else in the IT and networking world. Those risks are primarily linked to areas in which the software and human beings interact. They are classified under four different categories: 

1. User risk – how individuals use a given application and how careful they are about security.
2. Data risk – how diligent the service provider is in protecting customer data.
3. Seller risk – how the SaaS service provider protects its own data and software.
4. Developer risk – how seriously software developers take security when creating new applications. 

Maintaining security when utilising SaaS is just part of the business. With the right personnel, software and hardware, you can protect your company and your data from outside attack. Nevertheless, it requires diligence. As data breaches become more common, SaaS will become more sophisticated.

This answer was last updated on 16-Jan-2015 10:02 AM.