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Tackling compliance issues in software as a service

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Recent research shows that 75% of organisations are using software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications.

The use of SaaS is growing and looks set to surpass the use of on-premise licences. This raises two compliance challenges for IT managers. First, ensuring the use of services remains within the terms agreed with the SaaS provider; second, making sure the data associated with SaaS use is transmitted, used and stored in accordance to regulations.

With data security, some responsibility is outsourced with SaaS. Businesses need to know what SaaS applications are in use, what data they are using and how that data is handled. Of course, due diligence should ensure SaaS provider service levels are sufficient to meet regulatory requirements – but this can only be achieved with insight into how employees use SaaS.

SOURCE: computerweekly.com

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