Security Concerns Overcome: Why Cloud-Based Creative Tools May Be Your Best Choice
Cloud-based creative tools may be your company’s best option for providing your design team with the latest software and flexible mobile workflows, while also ensuring high-quality network security. (To learn more about SaaS security and cloud-based creative tools, download our Security Concerns Overcome: Customers Moving to SaaS white paper.) New research from Info-Tech Research Group reports 94 percent of companies currently use at least one software-as-a-service (SaaS) tool, and that number is on the rise. Additionally, Forbes estimates revenues from the SaaS industry are expected to double between 2015 and 2020. For companies seeking access to the latest creative tools for their design and marketing teams, here’s a closer look at why cloud-based SaaS tools may be the right choice to balance your innovation needs and security concerns.
SaaS Security is Better Than Standard Company Security
There are many lingering myths about SaaS security. IT leaders in the past have believed they could do a better job of security by keeping control in-house. At the same time, companies felt it was difficult to evaluate a vendor’s security standards, or that keeping their data in a multi-tenant environment opens them up to new threats. Yet, research from Info-Tech Research Group reveals 75 percent of respondents agreed that SaaS security is the same or better than their company’s own internal security.
Today’s leading SaaS vendors invest in security at a scale that most mid-size companies cannot achieve. At the average company, security is the concern of a single individual or rolled up under network administration duties. Top vendors hire the best security engineers, invest in leading security software solutions, and implement top-tier security processes. In fact, 64 percent of IT professionals ranked their faith in SaaS security as high or very high. It’s no wonder: one top SaaS vendor had more than 500 individuals on staff dedicated to security issues alone. Creative tools like Adobe Creative Cloud for teams are backed by the industry’s best security measures.
Inspiring Confidence Through Strategic Audits
The best way to ensure complete confidence in a SaaS vendor is through systematic security audits. Look for vendors that are transparent about their security measures and are willing to answer questions and provide additional data. Companies can take a structured, process-driven approach to ensure a specific vendor meets security performance standards.
Info-Tech Research Group recommends companies determine their organizational risk profile as a first step. The data that companies generate depends on their industry, regulatory guidelines, and their target customer experience. This is data that would potentially be accessed by creative and marketing teams. Understanding your risk profile will help define security requirements for that data and provide context for evaluating the security levels SaaS vendors can offer.
To assess how reliable the security of a specific SaaS vendor is, you can look at their service agreements. Ask what security standards govern their operations and whether they support secure data transfers. Finally, can the SaaS provider you’re considering provide copies of an independent audit backing up their statements about security measures? Systematically evaluating vendors can help you meet the needs of your creative team while ensuring you make a choice that supports strong IT security.
The Power in Your Hands: Maintaining Security Post-Purchase
For SaaS customers, the greatest vulnerability for data leaks may come from in-house users. TechRepublic recently reported on a study where nearly 60 percent of security incidents in 2014 were caused by employees. Even if software vendors take the most rigorous steps to ensure security, companies have to ensure their data cannot be leaked through other means. When rolling out new SaaS creative tools to your broader team, there are several steps to consider:
- Actively manage passwords: Set minimum standards for password complexity and require that users regularly update their passwords.
- Use multifactor authentication: Multifactor authentication uses multiple ways to approve access to an account. For example, users enter a username and password and the system may also require a PIN that is texted to an authorized smartphone.
- Set program access rules: Access rules can help limit access rights to sensitive data, quickly deactivate the accounts of former employees, and automate easily overlooked steps that open you up to security risks.
- Invest in security training: Companies need to establish clear security policies and invest in ensuring all end-users in the company are aware of those standards.
Are you interested in learning more about SaaS security and cloud-based creative tools for your company? Download Security Concerns Overcome: Customers Moving to SaaS today and visit the Creative Cloud for business page.