When creating a Sandbox, the mindset tends to be that the Sandbox is considered a place to play around, test things, and there will be no effect on the production or operational system. Therefore, people don’t actively think they need to worry about its security. This mindset is not only wrong, but extremely dangerous.
When it comes to software developers, their version of sandbox is similar to a child’s playground — a place to build and test without breaking any flows in production. Meanwhile, in the world of cybersecurity, the term ‘sandbox’ is used to describe a virtual environment or machine used to run suspicious code and other elements.
Many organizations use a Sandbox for their SaaS apps — to test changes without disrupting the production SaaS app or even to connect new apps (much like a software developer’s Sandbox). This common practice often leads to a false sense of security and in turn a lack of thought for its security implications. This article will walk you through what is a SaaS sandbox, why it is vulnerable, and how to secure it.
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Cybersecurity & SaaS Sandbox Fundamentals
A cybersecurity sandbox allows separation of the protected assets from the unknown code, while still allowing the programmer and app owner to see what happens once the code is executed. The same security concepts are used when creating a SaaS Sandbox — it duplicates the main instance of SaaS including its data. This allows playing around with the SaaS app, without influencing or damaging the operational SaaS — in production.
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