Salesforce Park in San Francisco. Today’s columnist, Brendan O’Connor of AppOmni, offers four tips for securing SaaS applications on cloud-based networks. Credit: Salesforce.com

Enterprises are investing in SaaS at a record high with Gartner estimating that 95 percent of new enterprise applications purchases are cloud-based. At the same time, SaaS products are rapidly evolving to play an ever larger role in the enterprise. What were relatively simple applications just a few years ago have quickly morphed into complex platforms – some might even say a new breed of business operating system. 

SaaS environments now house massive amounts of business-critical data and accommodate a wide variety of users, including internal employees, contractors, brokers, partners, customers, IoT devices, and a host of API integrations and connected third-party apps.

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