Cloud Application Security

Sapphire’s Progressive Solutions: Safeguarding the Expanding Cloud Application Landscape

Cloud application use is exploding, driven by rapid digital transformation and accelerated growth in remote working. SaaS tools bring productivity benefits but vastly increase the risk of attacks, insider threats, and accidental data leakage.

Sapphire deploys progressive solutions to give security teams visibility and control over this fluid attack surface. Unifying an organisation’s cloud-based application risk into a single platform allows connected assets to be monitored and managed centrally, reducing risk while also minimising resource outlay.

Cloud App Security Challenges

Productivity vs. Security

Unified Risk Management

Enhanced Visibility & Control

Centralised Asset Monitoring

 Enjoy both a macro and granular view of activity on any connected asset in your organisation. Understand everything from individual user actions in Microsoft Office 365 or Google Workspace to shadow hardware and applications.

Tailored: Apply custom-made policies and controls to cloud application use mapped to your security posture. Modify and optimise privileges to get the best out of cloud applications while mitigating risk.

Integrated: Integrations reduce the threat from phishing, malware, account take over and business email compromise in cloud applications.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Some of the significant cloud application security issues experienced by many organisations include the following.

i. Misconfiguration

In many organisations, misconfiguration is a significant cause of cloud data breaches. For example, ensuring elements like access controls are correctly configured is crucial to preventing data extraction through exposed dashboards, portals, and other interfaces. Across the board, organisations should avoid trusting the default configurations from CSPs and secure cloud deployments in a manner tailored to the specific organisation.

Insecure APIs

APIs are a common point of attack. While being easy to use and generally well-documented in an attempt to make them easy to use, they can also be vulnerable if not set up correctly.

Lack of visibility

Given the number and ease of deployment of cloud-based assets, visibility of all of them is not straightforward. Specialist controls are crucial to providing an overview and mapping them to policies.


Weak password security has hindered organisations for as long as they have existed. The Cloud doubles down on this issue, putting everything from technical infrastructure to crucial applications within reach of a stolen password unless multi-factor authentication is utilised.

Most Cloud Security Providers have a range of native security functions to protect their customers; however, many prefer to augment this with their own specialist controls. These typically include and are not restricted to:

A Security Information and Event Management tool is valuable for centralising the data from separate controls into a single access point. This can be crucial for managing and triaging events in a busy environment. Given the complexity of the cloud and the plethora of data points, a central collection and visibility tool is important to effective decision-making.

Intrusion Detection Systems
Most cloud security compliance standards require companies to track and record intrusion attempts. IDS event logging solutions are necessary if your organisation wants to meet compliance standards, including HIPAA and PCI.