From password management to
secure coding to lining up with administrative guidelines,
SaaS organizations miss what is significant toward the start,
and are frequently compelled to address security only when
it becomes too late.
Interestingly, SaaS companies can make quick moves to start assembling a security plan. Furthermore, more mature companies can generally find ways to fortify and grow their strategies as well. Here are a few ways to start.
Hold a security meeting to get everybody pointed in a similar way with regards to having a security-minded focus — not just senior leadership, but every department. Invite key team members, and create a plan:
Are you in compliance with the right frameworks and regulations? As you start setting up your security plan and begin thoroughly considering how to deal with client information and protection guidelines, you will need to ensure your compliance is up to date.
Does your company already have a set of policies and
procedures to follow when it comes to security? Your
policies should be actionable and should be unique to
For instance, how should your developers be implementing security into the source code? How should different departments who work with customer data, like support, sales, or marketing be handling it? Who has access to customer data? If there is a data breach, who responds?
If there are no policies and procedures, make creating them a priority. You do not have to do this from scratch, find a tool that can automatically generate custom security policies for you. And if your policies exist only on one person’s computer or are passed around as oral institutional knowledge, get them thoroughly documented and accessible to everybody ASAP.
Finally, no one needs to figure out information security in a vacuum, and your team will be facing a lot of
unknown unknowns. Ask colleagues for advice or recommendations, seek out security experts to help, or
investigate outsourcing security tasks to those who have the training. Ask questions and be honest with
what you do not know.
Where to start when it comes to security for SaaS companies? Make sure your team has a security mindset and sees the value in keeping your company and your clients safe. If you do not yet have a security program in place, the important thing is to start. But security is never a fix-it-and-forget-it thing, it takes continuous vigilance and commitment.