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IDG Contributor Network: How secure is that cloud application service?

Try to imagine life without software as a service (SaaS). It’s really hard to do, given how much all of us –businesses, organizations and individuals ­– rely upon these cloud applications services nearly every day.

The more dependent we have become upon SaaS apps, the more important it is to be aware of their liabilities. That was the point of this previous article. One of the areas I mentioned there — security, governance and compliance — deserves a closer look. Life without SaaS may be farfetched, but it’s easy to picture at least one, in a landscape of many apps, being compromised or running afoul of rules and regulations.

We are all CISOs now

Most users of Office 365 or SalesForce or Slack, or any other SaaS app, engage via the software to get their work done. But they also generally have control – and lot of control in some cases ­– over settings. Something that would have been previously handled by an IT Admin. They also might have influenced, or have even made, the decision to sign up for an app in the first place.

In other words, in addition to using SaaS apps, end users have also assumed roles in assessing and administering them. This shows how the “democratization of IT” has not only put technology into more hands, but it has also expanded responsibilities. In many ways, we all need to be virtual CIOs now, if not virtual CISOs.

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