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NIS2 Directive Requires Major Changes in EU SaaS Cybersecurity

By Hananel Livneh, Head of Product Marketing, Adaptive Shield

In 2023, the European Union introduced NIS2, an updated directive aimed at enhancing cybersecurity practices for businesses in essential and important industries, along with their suppliers. This directive, which member states must implement into law by October 2024, imposes rigorous requirements and substantial penalties.

The Importance of NIS2

NIS2 addresses the shortcomings of its predecessor, NIS, which was published in 2016. Recognizing the critical role that network and information systems play in our daily lives, NIS2 positions itself as essential for market functionality.

Securing SaaS Applications

NIS2 explicitly emphasizes securing SaaS applications, in addition to other cloud components. Article 21 mandates organizations to take appropriate technical, operational, and organizational measures to manage risks related to network and information systems. These measures include identity security, access control policies, and asset management, with a specific call for multi-factor authentication solutions.

Expanded Scope

SaaS applications serve various roles within essential and important businesses. While some, like CRM systems containing Personally Identifiable Information (PII), are already heavily secured due to GDPR requirements, others facilitating operations or holding sensitive product information or financial records must now adhere to NIS2 guidelines.

Securing Your SaaS Stack

Organizations seeking protection from security breaches and NIS2-driven financial penalties should turn to SaaS Security Posture Management (SSPM) platforms. SSPMs offer tools to identify SaaS risks and detect threats before they escalate into data exfiltration attacks.

Addressing the Growing SaaS Attack Surface

SaaS applications have extensive attack surfaces. Misconfigurations, such as lacking mandatory multi-factor authentication, can expose vulnerabilities. Publicly sharing boards or documents can directly lead to data leakage.

Conclusion

NIS2 compels businesses to prioritize SaaS security. By implementing robust measures and leveraging SSPMs, organizations can navigate the evolving cybersecurity landscape and safeguard their digital assets.

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