The Expanding SaaS Mesh
SaaS applications have become deeply embedded in every business function within forward thinking organizations, from sales and marketing to R&D. Designed to facilitate business productivity and efficiency, they empower business-users to adopt and interconnect them directly and at scale.
As a result of indiscriminate adoption, however, SaaS applications, integrations, users and data have evolved into a sprawling SaaS mesh ungoverned and unmanaged by security teams.
Instead of centralized control and management by IT security teams, adoption, administration, and management is distributed across departments, functions and business units.
Current Security Solutions Are Insufficient
Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB)
CASBs were designed to discover SaaS applications in a corporate network based on a proxy architecture and to monitor user activities within these applications. However, over the years SaaS applications have become more complex and the modern SaaS mesh includes more SaaS applications and multiple layers of configurations, data, identities and third-party integrations which CASB solutions are blind to and do not monitor.
SaaS Security Posture Management (SSPM)
Current SSPM solutions are focused mostly on proper configuration of SaaS applications and detection of policy drift. These solutions are helpful to detect administrative changes and compliance issues, but fail to address the scale of the remediation effort required to properly address the pace of changes made by distributed organizations and business users. Without the business context and business user engagement, they cannot provide required mitigation capabilities.