The proliferation of cloud-based services from multiple providers, such as Dropbox and Gmail, is presenting security challenges for small and midsize businesses as they implement software-as-a-service offerings, Ellyne Phneah writes in this analysis. "Self-programmed integration is also more likely to use exposed transport protocols without encryption, and decryption of messages and data within the cloud, which poses a security risk as a result of the disparity," says Glenn Johnson of Magic Software Enterprises. Vic Mankotia of CA Technologies Asia-Pacific advises users to implement strong identity authentication with SaaS.

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