Why SaaS is Your Best Bet for Securing Cloud Data

2 September 2021

Data security in the cloud is a hot topic today, perhaps because of the ever-increasing number of cyberattacks. We believe SaaS is the solution.  

According to the recent Cloud Vision report titled, Cloud Vision 2020: The Future of the Cloud, two-thirds of IT professionals cite security as their top concern when migrating to the cloud. 

The report shows that nearly 83% of enterprises are on course to fully adopt cloud strategies, noting that the majority of organizations are in the process of migrating their data and systems to the cloud. But, unfortunately, these enterprises are constantly reminded of the security threats found in the cloud. 

This is understandable, considering that the cloud isn’t very different from physical data centers. Indeed, cloud platforms also comprise physical hardware. Thus, data in the cloud is just as vulnerable as traditional storage if it gets into the wrong hands. 

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is the best solution to data security issues in the cloud. Although SaaS also comes with a few security challenges, research shows that SaaS generally keeps your data safer than traditional on-premise or DIY cloud storage.

What’s SaaS?

Software-as-a-Service is a software distribution model that allows businesses and individuals to access software applications from specialized providers over the internet. 

Generally, an independent software vendor (ISV) contracts a third-party cloud provider to host the application. Or the cloud provider can also be the software vendor, as is the case with Microsoft software solutions. 

The main benefit of SaaS is that it saves companies (and individuals) from building and maintaining the software programs they need. Instead, you just need to pay a subscription fee (where applicable) to access the desired software. 

Security Benefits of SaaS

SaaS isn’t 100% secure. It still takes a lot of work to keep your data safe, even if you work with a SaaS company rather than on-premise software applications. However, it’s also undeniable that SaaS is far safer than on-premise computing. Here’s why;

  • Leverage the provider’s data security expertise and resources 

When you choose to use a SaaS solution, you’re essentially entrusting a third party with your data. You’re letting them store your data. Thus, you’re also handing over most of the data security responsibilities. This may seem like a risky idea. However, it can be a masterstroke if entrusting your data with the right people.

For one, smaller businesses don’t have the expertise to ensure proper data security. Think about technologies such as SSL, encryption, and tokenization. How many small businesses implement these technologies for data security? What about permission-based access? The majority of small businesses don’t even know about the existence of these technologies. 

Additionally, even among the small businesses familiar with modern data security technologies, only a tiny fraction have the resources to implement them fully. For instance, some don’t even have a dedicated data security team. The majority also lack the training and monitory resources to implement the technologies. 

SaaS companies are global brands with endless resources. They have the finances and can employ the best brains to secure your data better. Above all – it’s what they do. SaaS companies are aware that one of their primary responsibilities is to keep client data safe. So, they constantly develop and implement the best technologies to keep your data safe. 

  • Better data maintenance 

Maintenance is one of the most underrated aspects of data security. Many people believe that everything is good as long as you have the data safely stored in a hard drive somewhere. Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case. 

The first thing to consider here is vulnerabilities and threats. Do data vulnerabilities stay the same throughout? Do the threats stay the same every year? The answer is no. security experts uncover thousands of new threats every day and millions over a year. For example, the viruses we saw last year may not even be around next year. We’ll have completely new viruses. 

Another important consideration is data formats. Formats change all the time. Whenever new data processing tools come to the market, they may require different data formats. Otherwise, your data may become obsolete. Out-of-date data is a prime target for hackers and cybercriminals.  

SaaS providers make it their duty to ensure that your data is updated consistently to ensure that it’s both functional and secure. The organizations also ensure prompt patching to protect data from new attacks. If new loopholes are discovered, the SaaS provider will seal the holes before your data is compromised. 

  • Data backup benefits 

Finally, proper data security also involves ensuring sufficient backup and providing easy access to backed-up data. Imagine a situation such as a natural disaster that leads to the loss of all the primary data drives. Perhaps it’s a fire that razes down the entire business premise. What happens next? The company must have readily accessible backup files for business continuity.

Another potential risk is a ransomware attack. We see this type of attack a lot today, where a hacker exploits loopholes in the organization’s computer systems to take hold of critical company documents and files. Then they ask for ransom. Losing such files can spell doom for your business. 

SaaS is beneficial here in two ways. First, SaaS providers have some of the best data backup solutions. Companies such as Microsoft and Amazon back up your data in multiple locations such that it’s nearly impossible to lose all your records. Even if two backup locations are compromised, you can rest assured of other backups at a few more servers. 

Secondly, SaaS backup solutions are incredibly efficient. You don’t have to wait days to retrieve lost data. You can begin retrieval right after the attack. You also don’t need elaborate permissions to access backed-up data as the platforms already store your credentials. 

Summary 

Data security is a sensitive topic in many organizations, and rightly so. This is even more evident when migrating to the cloud. SaaS is here to save the day. Although it’s not perfect, it’s currently the most fail-proof way to store data. If you have any questions, the professionals at NIX Solutions would like to hear from you.