There seems to be a recurring pattern in enterprise IT. It looks something like this:\n\nIncredible new technology is introduced. It changes the way people work. Organizations rush headlong into it and adoption soars. \u00a0\nUnforeseen risks and challenges arise. People take a step back and start to realize, \u201cHmmm. Actually, we don\u2019t know what we don\u2019t know.\u201d\nSolutions emerge to address those challenges and are widely adopted.\n\nIt Happened With MDM \nLet\u2019s take mobile device management (MDM) for example. Remember when employees began receiving corporate email on their PDAs in the late 90s\/early aughts? It transformed the way they worked. Employees embraced it wholeheartedly.\n\u201cA revolution\u2014whether it\u2019s called teleworking, remote employees, or the mobile workforce\u2014has occurred,\u201d wrote Computer Weekly in 1999. \u00a0\u201cAll sorts of companies are finding mobile internet technology surprisingly useful,\u201d mused the Economist in 2001.\nAnd then, a few years later, as mobile devices proliferated, security risks emerged alongside them too.\n\u201cLost a Blackberry? Data Could Open a Security Breach,\u201d warned one Washington Post headline in 2005.\nSuddenly IT had to consider a whole slew of security questions: What happens if mobile devices are lost or stolen? Or if people jailbreak their devices? Or download unapproved or malicious apps? How can IT enforce security policies? Like a game of whack-a-mole, one security issue would spring up, only to have two new ones pop up right after.\nIT leaders began realizing there was a need for tools that could monitor, manage, and secure laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Accordingly, MDM solutions hit the market and took off like wildfire. Gartner released its first MDM Magic Quadrant report in 2011. MobileIron went public in 2014; VMware acquired AirWatch for $1.54 billion in 2014. \u00a0\nThe idea of deploying a mobile device today without an MDM solution is unthinkable.\nThe Exact Same Thing Is Happening with SaaS Today \nHistory is repeating itself\u2014except this time around, we\u2019re rushing headlong into Software as a Service (SaaS) applications. Companies use 16 SaaS apps on average today, up 33% from last year. Seventy-three percent of organizations say nearly all (80%+) of their apps will be SaaS by 2020. That\u2019s not surprising, given how SaaS has revolutionized the workplace. They\u2019re inherently designed to boost productivity. They\u2019re killing email. They allow us to work from any location, on any device, and collaborate in real time with just about anyone.\nBut like the MDM example, security risks are popping up unexpectedly. Data is being exposed in ways people didn\u2019t even realize was possible. Corporate data can slip out via Google Calendar. Last year, a simple configuration error in Google Groups caused hundreds of companies to accidentally expose PII and private emails. A government tech team landed in hot water by connecting Slack to Google Drive, which unknowingly exposed data for five months. When it comes to securing SaaS data, IT currently is plugging a leaky pipe that, unbeknownst to them, is also leaking in a dozen other places.\nOnly now is IT starting to realize all the heightened security risks that accompany SaaS apps (see Fast Company\u2019s Why Slack, Chatbots, And Freelance Workers Have Your IT Department Freaking Out). Ironically, it\u2019s all the awesome things about SaaS\u2014the openness, the ease of collaboration, the ability to work with anyone\u2014that create these security problems. Users have a lot of control and can share data easily, but by the same token, data loss, leakage, and breaches can also occur easily.\nHowever, it\u2019s important to note that this is not IT\u2019s fault. SaaS is too new for there to be any industry best practices or official certifications yet. Seventy-eight percent of IT professionals are either teaching themselves how to manage SaaS apps or are just getting started. You simply don\u2019t know what you don\u2019t know.\nWe\u2019re at a Tipping Point Now with SaaS Management\nSo, what\u2019s next following this recent spate of data breaches and security issues related to these collaboration tools? Amidst data breaches, general confusion, and a lack of SaaS best practices, what is IT to do?\nWe saw it with MDM, and we\u2019ll see it again with SaaS. As the mainstream moves to SaaS and standardizes on 100% cloud, we are just hitting a tipping point now. The security risks are too great\u2014the stakes too high\u2014not to adopt some type of management solution. A new market will rise to meet these challenges, and solutions will be widely adopted. And if history is any indication, we know how this story will play out.\nStay up to date on all the latest happenings in SaaS, IT, and tech. Subscribe to our daily newsletter and receive an expertly curated digest of news, tips, and tricks in your inbox.