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Navigating SaaS security and compliance with AWS AppFabric

In today’s digital landscape, organizations heavily rely on cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications to streamline operations and enhance productivity. However, the widespread adoption of these applications has also introduced new cybersecurity challenges, particularly with the increasing prevalence of SaaS-to-SaaS connections and the lack of visibility into these interconnected solutions. With the recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations emphasizing the need for cybersecurity incident disclosure and risk management, organizations must prioritize the security of their SaaS environments to maintain compliance and safeguard sensitive data.

Recognizing the challenge

The adoption of SaaS applications has skyrocketed in recent years, with research indicating that by 2025, cloud-native platforms will serve as the foundation for more than 95% of new digital initiatives – a staggering increase from less than 40% in 2021. The widespread adoption of SaaS applications has undoubtedly revolutionized the way businesses operate, enabling increased agility, scalability, and cost-efficiency. However, this shift towards cloud-based software solutions has also introduced new cybersecurity risks that organizations must navigate carefully.

One of the most significant challenges lies in the proliferation of SaaS-to-SaaS connections, where different SaaS applications seamlessly integrate and share data with each other. While these interconnections foster productivity and collaboration, they also create a complex web of data flows that can be difficult for IT administrators to monitor and security analysts to secure. Without proper visibility into these connections, organizations risk exposing sensitive data to potential breaches or unauthorized access, compromising their compliance with industry regulations and best practices. The recent SEC ruling on cybersecurity incident disclosure and risk management has further amplified the pressure on security teams to gain control over their SaaS environments. Failure to adhere to these regulations can result in hefty fines and damage to an organization’s reputation. The lack of comprehensive audit logs and centralized monitoring capabilities exacerbates the challenge, making it arduous for security teams to track and investigate security incidents effectively.

Taking action

Recognizing the pressing need for robust SaaS security and compliance solutions, organizations are adopting AWS AppFabric, a service designed to enable organizations to quickly connect their SaaS applications securely and gain visibility across their SaaS technology stack. At its core, AppFabric empowers businesses to establish secure, auditable connections between multiple SaaS applications, ensuring that data flows are protected and can be monitored in near real-time. By leveraging AppFabric’s sophisticated integration capabilities, organizations can seamlessly normalize, enrich, and consolidate audit logs from multiple SaaS sources – no coding required.

Enhancing security team’s level of visibility across software applications not only enhances security posture, but also simplifies compliance reporting and auditing processes. Moreover, AppFabric’s integration with leading security tools, such as Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions, Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASBs), and data lakes like Amazon Security Lake, enables organizations to detect and respond to potential threats proactively, minimizing the risk of data breaches and ensuring adherence to regulatory requirements.

Getting started

With AppFabric, you can connect and authorize your SaaS applications seamlessly, allowing you to monitor and control access from a single location. This streamlined approach reduces the risk of security breaches and ensures compliance with industry standards. AppFabric’s intuitive interface guides you through connecting your applications – no coding or ongoing maintenance required. Once authorized, leverage AppFabric’s advanced features to fortify your security posture.


As the digital world continues to evolve, the importance of SaaS security and compliance cannot be overstated. AWS AppFabric emerges as a powerful solution, enabling organizations to gain comprehensive visibility into their SaaS ecosystems, manage SaaS-to-SaaS connections, and ensure compliance with industry regulations. In this blog, we discussed the challenges of widespread SaaS adoption and prioritizing the security of your SaaS environment. We also covered how leveraging AppFabric’s capabilities allows organizations to proactively address cybersecurity risks, streamline audit log management, and ultimately protect their valuable data and maintain the trust of their stakeholders. To learn more about securing your SaaS environment, read How AWS AppFabric and Dynatrace work together to enhance your SaaS application security observability and Combat password spraying with AWS AppFabric, or get started with AppFabric’s 30-day free tier for two SaaS applications.

Disclaimer: this post was partially generated using artificial intelligence (AI)

Pratima Ghale

Pratima Ghale

Pratima Ghale is a Senior Product Manager - Technical at AWS where she is currently working on helping companies elevate their SaaS security posture. Previously, she helped ensure data privacy and security for millions on Alexa customers. She is currently a Cyber Security Fellow at New York University.

Holly Watson

Holly Watson

Holly Watson is a tenured technical product marketer with experience spanning product development and product launch strategy for start-ups and enterprises. She is a senior product marketing manager for AWS AppFabric at Amazon Web Services, a service to connect SaaS applications to work better together.