The Ultimate SaaS Security Posture Management (SSPM) Checklist

Cloud security is the umbrella that includes: IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. Gartner created the SaaS Security Posture Management (SSPM) category for solutions that continuously assess security risks and manage the security status of SaaS applications. With companies having 1,000 or more employees relying on tens to hundreds of apps, the need for deep visibility and remediation of SaaS security settings only becomes more critical.

The biggest pain points for SaaS security come from:

  • Lack of control over the growing SaaS app property
  • Lack of control in the life cycle of SaaS apps: from purchase to implementation, operation and maintenance
  • Lack of visibility of all configurations in SaaS app property
  • Skill gap in ever-evolving, accelerating, complex cloud security
  • Tough and overwhelming workload to stay on top of hundreds to thousands (to tens of thousands) of settings and permissions.

The manageability across the entire SaaS property is both nuanced and complicated. Although the native security controls in SaaS apps are often robust, it is the responsibility of the organization to ensure that all configurations are set correctly – from global settings to all user roles and privileges. It only takes one ignorant SaaS administrator to change a setting or share the wrong report, and confidential company data is revealed. The security team is charged with knowing each app, user and configuration and ensuring that they all comply with industry and company policies.

Effective SSPM solutions will respond to these pains and provide full insight into the company’s SaaS security position and verify compliance with industry standards and company policies. Some solutions even provide the opportunity to remedy right inside the solution. As a result, an SSPM tool can significantly improve the efficiency of the security team and protect enterprise data by automating the troubleshooting of configurations throughout the increasingly complex SaaS property.

As might be expected, not all SSPM solutions are created equal. Monitoring, warnings and remediation should be at the core of your SSPM solution. They ensure that any vulnerabilities are quickly shut down before being exploited by cyber attacks. Solutions like the one developed by Adaptive Shield create a window into the SaaS environment. When comparing SSPM options, here are some key features to look out for (excerpt from the complete guide).

Visibility and insight

Run comprehensive security checks to get a clear view of your SaaS environment, all integrations and all risk domains.

The breadth of integrations

First and foremost for an SSPM solution is SSPM’s ability to integrate with all your SaaS apps. Each SaaS has its own framework and configurations, if there is access to users and the company’s systems, it should be monitored by the organization. Any app can pose a risk, even non-business critical apps. Please note that smaller apps can often act as a gateway for an attack.

  • Look for an SSPM system with at least 30 integrations that are customizable and capable of running checks of each data type to protect against misconfigurations.
  • Even more, a solution should be able to support as many apps as possible that are within the SaaS IT stack in a hassle-free “out-of-the-box” way.

Comprehensive and deep security checks

The other vital component of an effective SSPM is the breadth and depth of security checks. Each domain has its own facets that the security team can track and monitor.

  • Identity and access management
  • Malware protection
  • Data leakage protection
  • Revision
  • Access control for external users
  • Privacy control
  • Compliance policies, safety frameworks and benchmarks

Get the complete guide along with the printable checklist here.

Continuous monitoring and remediation

Combat threats with continuous monitoring and prompt redress of any misconfiguration

Solving problems in business environments is a complicated and delicate task. The SSPM solution should provide a deep context about each configuration and allow you to easily monitor and configure alerts. In this way, vulnerabilities are quickly shut down before being exploited by cyber attacks.

SSPM vendors like Adaptive Shield provide you with these tools, which enable your security team to communicate effectively, close vulnerabilities, and protect your system.

  • 24/7 ongoing monitoring
  • Activity monitoring
  • Warnings
  • Ticket sales
  • Remedy
  • Attitude over time

System functionality

Integrate a strong and smooth SSPM system without extra noise.

Your SSPM solution should be easy to implement and allow your security team to easily add and monitor new SaaS applications. Top security solutions should be easily integrated with your applications and your existing cyber security infrastructure to create a comprehensive defense against cyber threats.

  • Self-service guides
  • Robust APIs
  • Make false positive
  • Unobtrusive
  • Tiered use

Final thoughts

The Right SSPM Solution PREVENTS Your Next Attack

SSPM is similar to brushing teeth: it is a basic requirement needed to create a preventative protection mode. The true SSPM, like the Adaptive Shield, provides organizations with continuous, automated monitoring of all SaaS apps along with a built-in knowledge base to ensure the highest level of SaaS security hygiene.

Using Adaptive Shield, security teams implement best SaaS security practices while integrating with all types of SaaS applications — including video conferencing platforms, customer support tools, HR management systems, dashboards, workspaces, content, file sharing applications, messaging applications, marketing platforms and more.

Adaptive Shields frames are easy to use, intuitive to master and take five minutes to implement.

Learn more about how to secure your company’s SaaS security now.

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