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6 SaaS security best practices to protect applications

Use these SaaS security best practices to ensure your users' and organization's SaaS use stays as protected as the rest of your enterprise applications.

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  • cloud access security broker (CASB)

    A cloud access security broker (CASB) is a software tool or service that sits between an organization's on-premises infrastructure and a cloud provider's infrastructure.

  • software-defined perimeter (SDP)

    The software-defined perimeter, or SDP, is a security framework that controls access to resources based on identity.

  • hypervisor security

    Hypervisor security is the process of ensuring the hypervisor, the software that enables virtualization, is secure throughout its life cycle, including during development, implementation, provisioning, management and de-provisioning.

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Compliance and Governance

Learn how to maintain cloud computing compliance with government regulations and industry standards when moving IT operations and applications to a cloud environment. Also learn about cloud audit procedures, data governance for the cloud and other cloud computing management topics involving security.

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  • cloud access security broker (CASB)

    A cloud access security broker (CASB) is a software tool or service that sits between an organization's on-premises infrastructure and a cloud provider's infrastructure.

  • cloud SLA (cloud service-level agreement)

    A cloud SLA (cloud service-level agreement) is an agreement between a cloud service provider and a customer that ensures a minimum level of service is maintained.

  • cloud computing

    Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the internet.

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Virtualization

Virtualization is at the core of any cloud computing initiative, regardless of delivery model or deployment method. Service providers, or internal enterprise private cloud managers, use virtualization technology to realize efficiencies and flexibility offered by cloud computing. This section covers the risks and considerations around cloud computing virtualization security, including how to manage and ensure secure multitenancy of virtual machines on a single host, security risks and threats by Web-based hackers to the hypervisor, and how to handle data management and data governance.

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  • hypervisor security

    Hypervisor security is the process of ensuring the hypervisor, the software that enables virtualization, is secure throughout its life cycle, including during development, implementation, provisioning, management and de-provisioning.

  • virtual firewall

    A virtual firewall is a firewall device or service that provides network traffic filtering and monitoring for virtual machines (VMs) in a virtualized environment.

  • Cloudburst VM escape

    Cloudburst VM (virtual machine) escape is an exploit method, credited to research firm Kostya Kortchinsky Immunity Inc., that takes advantage of IBM's Cloudburst cloud service provisioning software for cloud providers and a flaw in VMware Workstation to enable a guest-level virtual machine to attack its host.

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Operations

As your organization moves its infrastructure, applications and data into the cloud, security operations such as network security, vulnerability management, data protection and application security, as well as cloud-based security services, take on new importance. Learn how to handle cloud security management, including how to keep the integrity of your data and applications as they move to the cloud and how outsourced IT operations affect security operations.

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  • cloud access security broker (CASB)

    A cloud access security broker (CASB) is a software tool or service that sits between an organization's on-premises infrastructure and a cloud provider's infrastructure.

  • identity management (ID management)

    Identity management (ID management) is the organizational process for ensuring that individuals have the appropriate access to technology resources.

  • What is configuration management? A comprehensive guide

    Configuration management (CM) is an information governance and systems engineering process to ensure consistency among physical and logical assets in an operational environment.

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Architecture

Before purchasing or building cloud systems and services, learn the cloud computing security considerations and challenges involved the various cloud computing architecture models and how to address the "security in the cloud" challenge successfully.

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  • cloud access security broker (CASB)

    A cloud access security broker (CASB) is a software tool or service that sits between an organization's on-premises infrastructure and a cloud provider's infrastructure.

  • What is hybrid cloud? Everything you need to know

    A hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment that uses a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services with orchestration between these platforms.

  • cloud computing

    Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the internet.

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  • cyber attack

    A cyber attack is any attempt to gain unauthorized access to a computer, computing system or computer network with the intent to ...

  • backdoor (computing)

    A backdoor is a means to access a computer system or encrypted data that bypasses the system's customary security mechanisms.

  • post-quantum cryptography

    Post-quantum cryptography, also called quantum encryption, is the development of cryptographic systems for classical computers ...

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  • risk mitigation

    Risk mitigation is a strategy to prepare for and lessen the effects of threats faced by a business.

  • call tree

    A call tree is a layered hierarchical communication model that is used to notify specific individuals of an event and coordinate ...

  • Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

    Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third party to provide ...

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  • cloud SLA (cloud service-level agreement)

    A cloud SLA (cloud service-level agreement) is an agreement between a cloud service provider and a customer that ensures a ...

  • NOR flash memory

    NOR flash memory is one of two types of non-volatile storage technologies.

  • RAM (Random Access Memory)

    RAM (Random Access Memory) is the hardware in a computing device where the operating system (OS), application programs and data ...

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