SaaS: Everything You Need to Know


SaaS: Everything You Need to Know

HIGH RIVER – April 25th, 2023 

Let’s talk about SaaS and why this technology is great for businesses. Software as a Service, or SaaS, runs on a cloud-based delivery model where software applications are hosted and provided to customers through the Internet. 

Instead of installing software on individual computers, customers access the software through their web browsers. SaaS is becoming increasingly popular among businesses of all sizes because it allows them to use software applications without having to purchase, install, and maintain their own hardware and software. 

In this blog post, we will discuss what SaaS is, provide an example of a SaaS application that you are likely using (or have used), and explain why it is important to enhance the cybersecurity of your SaaS programs.

The software provider handles all the hardware and software maintenance, including security, upgrades, and backups, while the customer pays a subscription fee for access to the software. 

SaaS can be used through a web browser, like Google Chrome or Safari, making it accessible from any device that has access to the internet. They can also be used as applications downloaded to your computer, but the data stored inside is accessible to your team on cloud storage and can also be accessed online. 


Example of a SaaS Application

One of the most popular examples of a SaaS application is Microsoft. Examples of different SaaS applications in Microsoft would be Office 365, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft Teams. 

Office 365 is a suite of cloud-based productivity applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, that can be accessed from anywhere on the internet. 

Dynamics 365 is a cloud-based business application platform that includes applications for sales, marketing, finance, supply chain management, and human resources. 

Microsoft Teams is a cloud-based collaboration platform that allows users to chat, share files, and collaborate on projects in real-time. 

All of these applications are hosted by Microsoft and provided to customers through a subscription-based model, making them a great example of SaaS.


Why is Cybersecurity Support Important for SaaS Programs?

While SaaS offers many benefits, such as cost savings, scalability, and accessibility, it also presents unique security challenges. Because SaaS applications are hosted by third-party providers, customers have less control over the security of their data and systems. In addition, SaaS applications are accessible from any device with an internet connection, which increases the risk of unauthorized access and data breaches. To mitigate these risks, it is important to hire cybersecurity support for your SaaS programs.

Cybersecurity support can help you identify and address security vulnerabilities in your SaaS applications. They can also provide guidance on best practices for securing your data and systems, such as implementing strong passwords, using multi-factor authentication, and encrypting sensitive data. Cybersecurity support can also help you monitor your SaaS applications for potential threats and respond quickly to any security incidents.

In conclusion, SaaS is great for businesses because it allows them to use software applications without having to purchase, install, and maintain their own hardware and software, and it is becoming increasingly popular among businesses of all sizes because of its cost savings, scalability, and accessibility. 

However, SaaS also presents unique security challenges, and it is important to hire cybersecurity support for your SaaS programs to mitigate these risks.

If you aren’t sure about the security of the SaaS software you use in your own business, we invite you to grab our free security checklist to explore various ways you can protect yourself, your customers, and your business. 


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Cybersecurity is a huge threat to any business that manages its business data online. Here’s a quick checklist to ensure your business is protected.

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John Coleman, Director
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Brian Suerth
Technology Assurance Group
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