A large number of companies could put their data at risk by not properly securing their SaaS environments, new research from DoControl warns.
His report (opens in new tab) found that large companies (between 1,001 and 6,696 employees) and medium-sized companies (between 50 and 1,000 employees) store 5.5 million and 1.5 million assets in SaaS applications, respectively.
Another important number is the number of activities that take place each week, an estimated 2,775,000 for large companies and 55,750 for medium-sized companies. The problem arises when employees take reckless steps that put company information at risk.
Risks of SaaS
Tracking sensitive assets manually has long been a company’s worst nightmare, and DoControl thinks it’s become an even bigger task. According to the study, nearly two-thirds (61%) of companies have employees who share company resources through their personal email.
There are also decisions made by the company itself that can put data at risk. Sharing information with outside companies does not guarantee that they will comply with the same data protection measures that your company has in place.
Business leaders can even be blamed for not maintaining permissions online collaboration software, which some employees may no longer need. This can be compounded by files that remain shared with previous employees who are no longer with the company.
DoControl explains, “According to Gartner, 60% of organizations will use cybersecurity risk as a major determinant of conducting third-party transactions and business engagements by 2025.”
However, it is clear that companies need to start cleaning up their SaaS environments sooner rather than later to ensure the utmost control is gained – and maintained.