5 Ways to Reduce SaaS Security Risks

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As technology adoption has shifted to employees, just in time and from any location or device, IT and security teams have had to contend with an ever-expanding SaaS attack surface, much of which is often unknown or unmanaged. This significantly increases the risk of identity-based threats, and according to a recent report from CrowdStrike, 80% of breaches today use compromised identities, including cloud and SaaS credentials.

Given this reality, IT security leaders need practical and effective solutions SaaS security solutions designed to discover and manage their growing SaaS footprint. Here are five key ways Nudge Security can help.

Close the visibility gap

Knowing the full scope of the SaaS apps in use is the foundation of a modern IT governance program. Without visibility into your entire SaaS footprint, you can’t say for sure where your corporate IP is stored (has anyone synced their desktop with Dropbox?), you can’t make assumptions about your customer data (has anyone uploaded your customer list to a new marketing platform ?) app?), and you certainly can’t make strong claims about your production data (Did someone clone their environment to a new AWS account to recreate a support issue?).

But given the pace of SaaS adoption, collecting and maintaining an accurate SaaS inventory is a never-ending, laborious task. Nudge Security addresses this problem with real-time, continuous SaaS discovery that doesn’t require agents, browser plugins, network proxies, or complicated API configurations. Within minutes of starting a free trial, you’ll have a complete inventory of all SaaS accounts ever created by anyone in your organization, along with the security context for each app, alerts when new apps are introduced, and the ability to Automate SaaS management tasks.

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Manage OAuth risks

Today, every employee has the ability to connect multiple SaaS applications and data using no-code/low-code integrations that leverage authorization methods such as OAuth grants. This creates a complex network of SaaS applications, making it extremely difficult to answer the fundamental question: “who (and which SaaS applications) have access to my assets?” Attackers take advantage of this complexity to move laterally through the SaaS supply chain to get to the crown jewels.

Therefore, it is important that IT and security teams regularly review the OAuth grants introduced for their organization to identify and address overly permissive scopes and app-to-app connections that may violate data privacy and security requirements. compliance.

This article provides an overview of the key steps for analyzing OAuth grants and assessing potential risks, along with an overview of how Nudge Security provides the context you need to simplify this process.

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Monitor your SaaS attack surface

Recent high-profile SaaS supply chain breaches at Circle CI, Okta, and Slack reflect a growing trend of attackers targeting enterprise SaaS tools to infiltrate their customers’ environments. As mentioned above, the complex and interconnected nature of the modern SaaS attack surface makes it possible for attackers to move through the software supply chain to find valuable assets.

Given this reality, it is important to understand which company assets are visible to external attackers and therefore could be targeted. It is likely that the SaaS attack surface extends to every SaaS, IaaS and PaaS application, account, user credential, OAuth grant, API and SaaS vendor used in your organization – managed or unmanaged. Monitoring this attack surface can feel like a Sisyphean task, as any user with a credit card, or even just a work email address, has the power to expand the organization’s attack surface with just a few clicks.

Nudge Security includes a SaaS attack surface dashboard to show you all externally-facing assets that attackers can see, including SaaS apps, cloud infrastructure, development tools, social media accounts, registered domains, and more. With this insight, you can take proactive steps to minimize risk protect your SaaS attack surface.

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Expand SSO coverage

Single sign-on (SSO) provides a centralized place to manage employee access to enterprise SaaS applications, making it an integral part of any modern SaaS identity and access management program. Most organizations strive to ensure that all business-critical applications (i.e. applications that process customer data, financial data, source code, etc.) are enrolled in SSO. However, when new SaaS applications are introduced outside of IT governance processes, it becomes difficult to truly assess SSO coverage.

Nudge Security shows you which apps are enrolled in SSO (and which are not), along with the context of each app, so you can properly prioritize your SSO onboarding efforts. When you’re ready to add new apps to your SSO tool, Nudge Security initiates SSO onboarding workflows to make the process easier.

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Expand MFA usage

Multi-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to protect user accounts from unauthorized access. Requiring multiple authentication factors, such as a password and a unique code sent to a mobile device, significantly reduces the chance of hackers gaining access to sensitive information. This is especially important in today’s digital landscape, where identity-based attacks are becoming increasingly common.

With Nudge Security you can see which user accounts have MFA enabled (and not), and you can send ‘nudges’ to users via email or Slack asking them to enable MFA on their accounts. Because there are many applications that are often deployed without IT oversight, this visibility helps IT teams ensure that SaaS security best practices are being followed.

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Start improving SaaS security today

Nudge Security gives IT and security teams complete visibility into all SaaS and cloud assets ever created in their organizations (managed or unmanaged), and real-time alerts when new accounts are created. With this insight, they can eliminate shadow IT, secure fraudulent accounts, minimize the SaaS attack surface, and automate tedious tasks, all without hindering the pace of work.

Start a 14-day free trial here.



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