Connecting Users to Web Apps
Web-based applications have become an essential part of how work gets done today. These applications, commonly referred to as SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) apps, have transformed how companies build their business infrastructure through their ease of use and outsourcing of management. Web apps are often delivered as a method to meet a variety of corporate needs in a cost-effective, scalable, and flexible manner. However, there are a few distinct benefits and perceived risks that come along with these apps.
Web Application Benefits
There are many benefits of web apps; however, there are a few key ones that are worth noting. The first is that it prevents the need for internal development. Businesses no longer need to map out and develop any application that they need to use. This process could slow growth and pull workers away from your core product or service, but with web applications organizations get a fast and scalable infrastructure regardless of the size or resources that a business has.
The second key benefit is that there is often nothing that needs to be deployed, implemented, or managed on-premises. Going along with the need to build all of your applications, another issue that SaaS solves is the need to do the implementation and management of on-prem applications yourself. By hiring a low-cost SaaS alternative, businesses don’t need to take on other costs like storage, maintenance, security, and disaster recovery procedures.
The third key benefit worth noting is that web applications allow companies to ensure that they are focusing on their core business. By removing issues with on-prem applications like building, implementing, and maintaining, businesses are free to spend much more of their time and energy on the issues that are moving their organization forward.
JumpCloud Connects Users to SaaS Apps Securely
There are ways to ensure that your users are securely connected to web applications, while avoiding some of the more serious risks. One of the main steps to take is to ensure that you are connecting your apps to a directory service like JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service® (DaaS). Doing this ensures that you have management and visibility into the extent of access each of your employees have to a specific resource. Plus, with a cloud identity management platform you can manage both on-prem and cloud-based applications giving your business centralized control.
Another step you can employ is to take inventory of the SaaS apps that you use. This is important from both a data security and compliance perspective, as it allows you to limit the access to company data. Managing access control along with permissions helps mitigate the risk of having the application and your data not completely be in your control. Similarly, it is important to audit the access rights to your applications. By only allowing users to have access to information and applications that they need, you greatly reduce the risk of a breach revealing sensitive information. Taking inventory of the apps you use, combined with auditing the permissions to these apps can greatly improve the security of your connection to web apps.
Finally, having a way to centrally manage all of the access and permissions is vital to ensuring businesses have additional protection. This allows you to instill both multi-factor authentication (MFA) and single sign-on (SSO), adding security and simplifying the process for end users.
Typically, the IT department is tasked with granting users secure access to web-based applications. Ideally, in order to ensure that the process is simplified for both end users and IT admins, this access will leverage users’ existing credentials to access these applications. This can be done through single sign-on capabilities via SAML, which are critical extensions for a modern directory. JumpCloud handles this feature through single sign-on for key SaaS applications like AWS IAM, GitHub, Slack, G Suite, and Salesforce, all of which are authenticated through the support of the standard SAML protocol. You can find a complete list of the applications that JumpCloud’s IDaaS platform supports here.
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