Follow these three essential best practices to protect customer or proprietary data in cloud apps and infrastructure.

A recent survey by BetterCloud finds that, on average, enterprises are using 80 separate third-party cloud applications to collaborate, communicate, develop, manage contracts and HR functions, authorize signatures and otherwise support business functions that process and store sensitive data. These types of apps are referred to as SaaS (software as a service).

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Organizations are also spinning up applications and entire businesses on public platforms (PaaS, or platform as a service) and infrastructures (IaaS, or infrastructure as a service). In 2020, 76% of enterprises ran their applications on Amazon Web Servers (AWS) and 63% ran apps on Microsoft Azure.