As SaaS applications usually collect and process sensitive user information, keeping this information secure is key to building user trust and ensuring long-term business success. One of the ways for SaaS providers to communicate how exactly their users’ data is kept safe is through compliance with security and privacy standards. Compliance certifications are an effective way to communicate that you’re meeting industry standards and handling user data in alignment with customer expectations, all through a standardized report that customers know how to read.
This post is the second in a series about what developers need to keep in mind when sorting out security and compliance for their applications. The first article in this series covered how to build security for user communications, and in this one, we will review what kinds of compliance certifications and regulations exist for SaaS applications, what these certifications mean for developers, and how to begin the certification process for compliance standards.