SaaS platforms may be considered as a more secure alternative to traditional software solutions, and that can be particularly true, because SaaS solutions use cloud storage and processing.
However, these platforms can still be attractive to cybercriminals, who try to find ways into their data, because such solutions usually store large amounts of sensitive data, like credit card information and personal details.
When building a SaaS, there are different tips and best practices that you can follow to ensure its security and keep it away from cyber threats, and that is what we are putting the focus on in this blog.
Require strong passwords
Strong passwords don’t only protect user accounts by making it harder for hackers to guess them, but they also protect the user from setting a password that is too easy without noticing.
Many SaaS platforms require users to use a combination of capital letters, small letters, numbers, and symbols to make the password complex. Additionally, they also restrict including consecutive numbers or letters in the password to prevent users from creating weak ones.
Enforce enhanced authentication
Authentication can be a major security aspect for any SaaS, and any software solution in general. It determines to give any users access to any resource on the platform. Then there can be vulnerabilities within it that allow malicious access to the platform or its stored data.
An experienced team of developers should handle the authentication, in general, to ensure that the solution isn’t vulnerable. It uses features like Two Factor Authentication and Single Sign On to make it harder for cybercriminals to access user data.
Encrypting data is crucial for preventing its leaking and storing it in an unreadable form. So that even if a hacker gets malicious access to it, it doesn’t become useful.
SaaS applications also use Transport Layer Security (TLS) to protect data in transit from hijacking. You also need to protect the data at rest. Ensuring to properly implement encryption and has no flaws is one essential way to secure your SaaS platform.
Provide regular updates
Building a secure SaaS platform should never be a one-time process. You need to keep your platform’s security updated as long as it operates.
Security vulnerabilities and practices are usually getting updated quickly. You need to keep up with them. Also as you build features, you are likely to need additional security testing to make sure these new features haven’t added any risk for users.
Use advanced backups
Backups are essential for every platform. To avoid losing data in case of data breaches, losing access to servers, or destroying the servers themselves. The backups should be stored on well-secured servers and done periodically to different servers which are often cloud ones.
At B5 Digital, we build SaaS platforms with utmost priority to security. You can ask us anything about our security best practices or about software security in general by requesting our consultation.