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SAAS Security and Best Practices

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SaaS Security and Best Practices

Today, we’ll be taking a look at saas security and the 2 pillars every founder needs to be aware of to make the right decisions when it comes to securing their business.

Saas use today is gaining momentum. Organizations are starting to see opportunities to step into new markets and diversify their offerings. However, most of these are largely ungoverned.

Companies new to saas normally fail to comply with their own security, risk, and data compliance policies.

The other problem is that much of the SaaS usage in organizations is unauthorized, meaning that end users simply find a SaaS application online and start using it, often for free at first.

Losing access to your server, data, codebase, or infrastructure can spell disaster for your business.

This could stem from simple human error, malicious attacks, or conflicts with an outsourced team or agency.

The potential for someone to hold your business hostage, whether it be a software house or a disgruntled former employee, is a grave concern for many SAAS companies.

It’s one of the most common questions that our founder gets – How can I protect my saas or my software business? What measures can I take to make sure my business is completely safe?

Pillar 1: Backing Up Your Data & Data Security

What are some basic measures you can take here?

A fundamental and often overlooked aspect of data security is the practice of making regular backups.

As we mentioned earlier most companies still neglect to back up their databases. Off-site backups are crucial and should be implemented so that the backup environment is entirely separate from the primary infrastructure.

This means setting up backups in a location where developers have only write access, preventing any potential for data deletion or tampering.

What are the more advanced measures?

For those looking to enhance their data security further, automated replication across multiple databases is recommended.

This approach ensures that even if you back up daily, you won’t lose more than a few seconds of data, as changes are replicated in real-time.

This setup is complex and costly but provides a robust defense against data loss.

Pillar 2: Infrastructure Access

Securing Access:

It’s critical to manage access to your DNS and domain credentials carefully. Always ensure that keys and passwords are given only to sub-accounts that do not own the infrastructure.

This helps mitigate risks associated with ex-employees retaining access. It’s essential to reset passwords every time someone leaves the company.

We’ve heard numerous accounts from developers who still have access to DNS accounts of their previous employers. Such oversights can lead to significant security risks.

Continuous Monitoring and Support:

Another critical aspect is the implementation of automated testing and uptime monitoring to alert you immediately of any failures.

In terms of support, the most cost-effective method for saas companies without an active development team is to hire a part-time full-stack developer.

While more comprehensive on-demand support offers faster response times, it is usually more expensive and only justifiable for larger companies.

Conclusion

Security in the SAAS industry requires a proactive approach and a clear understanding of the basic and advanced measures necessary to protect your business. Implementing strong data backup strategies and secure access protocols can significantly reduce the risk of catastrophic data loss or unauthorized access.

If you are looking for more in-depth guidance or need help implementing these strategies, consider reaching out to a Fractional CTO.

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