Information Security managers and analysts each have an enormous array of things to do to improve security.
At the “tactical” end of the spectrum, this might include:
- offboarding and deprovisioning employees
- compiling a list of vendors and their certifications
- digging into the activity streams of employees who left the company for a competitor
- and a lot more
At the “strategic” end of the spectrum, the list might include:
- prioritizing efforts to address different attack vectors and vulnerabilities
- allocating time and budget between tools, training, and people
- selecting categories of security tools and evaluating products in those categories
- and many more
And of course, there is no one silver bullet, no single tool, that just wipes that list clean. But there are tools that make life so much easier.
What can a security tool do to make life easier?
A truly valuable tool is one that:
- Automates discovery, analysis and action
- Shows great insights that spotlight the high-priority problems, and suggests exactly how to fix them
- Provides a single, central, consolidated place holding all the relevant information
- Alerts you to urgent and critical issues
- Works with the other tools and information stores you already have in place
- Adds an extra set of eyes and hands, in the form of an expert Customer Success team
Again, you can’t expect one tool to cover every single aspect of security. But you can expect one tool to cover a lot of it.
SaaS blows holes in Information Security’s nicely-built walls
If your company is big, growing fast, uses a lot of cloud applications, or a mix of those three, then you know that SaaS is one of the least talked-about, but most insidious, of security threats.
Everyone knows that SaaS is trivially easy for employees to start using, and start spreading. InfoSec pros also know that SaaS apps can have deep and broad access to corporate data. Sure, you can trust Microsoft or Google to encrypt your data, require MFA for user logins, etc. But you also know that users are viciously expedient — they’ll do whatever’s easiest, in order to get their jobs done. Do you think they might be doing any of these?
- Signing in with Google or O365 and blowing right through the permissions screens that show what data an app gets to access
- Not giving one second of thought to the data protection profile of the vendor
- Transmitting or storing really sensitive data in apps that no one else has ever heard of
- Sharing corporate data with people, inside the company, and especially outside the company, without worrying about who else could find it, or how long it persists, or if it’s indexable by Google
Oh, yes. Yes, they are. Not that you’ve ever made a mistake like that! But those other people, they just don’t care, they just don’t think, they just take the path of least resistance! How do you stop them?!?
SaaS Management tools make information secure
Well, you can’t always stop your users from doing dumb stuff. But, you can stop a lot of it. And you can get alerted when it happens. And you can get easy actions to set things right.
Yes, you guessed it, Alpin is the SaaS management tool made just for you.
What does Alpin do?
- Discovers everything that your employees are using — paid or unpaid, desktop or mobile
- Spotlights apps and browser extensions that have waaaay too much access to corporate data, and lets you blacklist them with a single click
- Shows data leakage in emails and shared files
- Profiles user MFA enrollment
- Alerts you to data breaches in apps that are actually in use at your company, meaning who’s using it, what it means, and how you fix it
- Reports on app usage so you know what’s actually going on. Hmm, that sales rep downloaded all the contacts in Salesforce right before leaving…
- Gives you info on vendor compliance with security and other regulations and systems
- Allows you to communicate with users, through their browsers, about sites they are visiting and actions they are taking
And Alpin does that near-instantly and automatically — and in collaboration with the Customer Success team, so you, well, succeed in making your environment more secure.
Bonus: Alpin can pay for itself through cost cutting features we haven’t even mentioned. So, whether SaaS subscriptions are paid for by IT or business units, or if there’s budget for this kind of tool or not, there’s a way to fit it in.
If you’re looking to get more serious about SaaS security management, we have even more features to show you. Contact us for a demo or start a 14-day trial. You’ll see how Alpin can work for you. Get started by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.