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SaaS security risks must be addressed
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of April 2009
The lure of software-as-a-service is simple: It comes down to cold hard cash. So in this economic environment, it comes as no surprise that organizations, large and small, are looking to SaaS providers to offer them services where they pay for infrastructure or expertise on a monthly basis. Salesforce.com is the poster child for the SaaS space offering hosted CRM. Other business applications using the SaaS model include HR, expense reporting and the like. We've seen SaaS models also pop up in the security space with Qualys, Webroot, Google, Veracode, Zscaler, Purewire , among others, offering security services ranging from messaging security to vulnerability assessment to application security testing. With huge data centers, Amazon and Google rent their capacity on a by-job basis. It seems to me that in a relatively short amount of time this will be the way we use computing power and access applications. It will radically change the ways businesses operate -- much like what Web browsers and email did in the 1990s. And you've got...
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