Cisco Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Access Control

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Executive Summary

The benefits of using Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions - software solutions delivered via the cloud-computing model - are clear for many organizations, and can include significant cost savings and greater workforce productivity. However, adoption of these services also presents a major challenge for IT administrators: managing access control. Without effective management of user identity, access and credentials (and the ability to track who is using what application and when), organizations risk compromising their network and data security. They may also fail to meet the demands of compliance regulations, and possibly, hinder the success of a forensic investigation following a data loss event. These potential downsides can undermine any benefit derived from the use of SaaS solutions.

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