Why do enterprises still choose on-premises solutions? Security.

Today’s enterprises spend a fortune developing bulletproof security infrastructures. They hire security analysts and architects, implement strict data controls, and subject in-house software to rigorous vulnerability testing.

All in all, the average company with 1,000 employees spends more than $15 million a year battling cybercrime—and that number continues to rise. By 2020, businesses across the globe will spend an estimated total of $101.6 billion on cybersecurity software, services, and hardware.

Yet some organizations continue to risk their security by putting sensitive information in the public cloud, using applications  that operate within a separate security footprint—which may or may not be up to the organization’s standards.

To cybercriminals, that’s like installing a security gate at the front of the house while leaving the back door unlocked.

But despite the fact that most companies are now using the public cloud in some form (primarily for SaaS apps), most enterprises have been hesitant to fully migrate their data to the cloud.

Consumers have long been aware of the vulnerabilities inherent in many cloud-based applications. Providers such as LastPass or Dropbox have publicly grappled with data breaches that have impacted millions of people’s data.

“Attackers have now turned their attention to the corporate crown jewels: enterprise data,” says information security expert Subra Kumaraswamy. “Similar techniques can be used to intrude upon the enterprise, targeting apps developed by third-party developers and partners with access to trusted services that deal with sensitive data, including employee information, competitive intelligence, and intellectual property.”

And when it comes to many enterprises, the security of their data still trumps benefits like cost reduction, scalability, and flexibility.

When it comes to running cloud-based apps, here are the biggest reasons enterprises still remain wary:

  • Loss of data control. Companies want to take advantage of cloud-computing benefits, but don’t want to risk taking sensitive data outside of their IT environments.
  • Continuous data movement. Moving data is not simply a one-time, massive transfer to the cloud. Companies must consider ongoing updates and how to tackle making two-way data movement a frictionless process in their data flow.
  • Snooping. There are different levels of security concern depending on the type of application, system environment, or data. Some business data is simply too sensitive to risk it getting intercepted en route to its destination.  
  • Authentication and authorization. When using a cloud-based application, enterprises often don’t have the same security controls in place . Instead credentials are stored in the cloud, where security strength is based on the individual user’s passwords.

How Sapho helps lock the back door

For Fortune 500 companies, this level of risk is unthinkable—not to mention unacceptable. Now, more than ever, enterprises need to be vigilant about where they put their data. Pulling data from secure servers, placing it in the cloud, and then retrieving it again is a risk large companies simply can’t afford to take. The stakes are just too high.

That’s why on-premises business solutions are still necessary for Fortune 500 companies. After spending millions on existing security measures, why gamble on software that may not adhere to your organization’s standards? Instead, enterprises need solutions like Sapho Employee Experience Portal—a digital experience portal that delivers valuable data and information from all your business systems in an easy-to-use interface while operating within your in-house infrastructure. .

Sapho was specifically designed to fit into your existing security architecture to ensure that all your data remains safely behind your firewall and within your security controls. While the majority of customers deploy Sapho in their data center on a standard Java application server and SQL 92 database, it can also run as a cloud-native app in your Amazon, Google, or Microsoft private cloud with a link back to your data center using a IPsec tunnel or reverse proxy. Additionally, Sapho uses your existing identity provider for authentication and authorization while complying with your existing security policies for internal web applications.

The best way to secure your data is to keep it within the security footprint your organization has spent time and resources defining . With Sapho Employee Experience Portal, there’s no need gamble someone else’s standards.

Want to learn more? Check out this technical white paper for an in-depth look at Sapho’s security overview. 


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Natalie Lambert

Natalie Lambert is the Vice President of Marketing at Sapho. She joins from Citrix where she held multiple product marketing leadership positions. Before that, Natalie was a principal analyst at Forrester Research where she was the leading expert on end user computing.

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