Danubius International Conferences, 18th International Conference on European Integration - Realities and Perspectives

Aspects Regarding CyberSecurity Developments on SaaS Software Platforms

Andrada Iulia State, Georgiana Alexandra Morosanu, Laura Andreea Rata, Marius Geru
Last modified: 2023-07-25


This paper explores the dynamic interplay between cybersecurity, legislation, and SaaS platforms, focusing on the current landscape, potential future threats, and emerging legal challenges. SaaS providers, acting as custodians of considerable amounts of personal data, are significantly impacted by diverse legal frameworks such as the GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA, and PCI-DSS. These frameworks mandate stringent data protection and security measures. The paper further elucidates the sector-specific regulations and discusses the complex issue of cross-border data transfers, underscoring the need for adequate safeguards. This work examines how laws deal with cybersecurity threats and emphasizes the importance of complying with them to reduce these risks. It addresses challenges and conflicts that arise when SaaS and cybersecurity laws intersect, including issues related to data ownership and protection responsibilities. This paper makes suggestions to improve legal protections through international collaboration, adapting laws to keep up with technology, and ensuring transparency in data processing. It also explores potential future threats and legal challenges, such as cyber threats powered by AI, quantum computing, privacy paradoxes, and questions about data sovereignty. Therefore, the paper stresses the necessity of staying ahead of regulatory changes and fostering a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy that blends technology, people, processes, and legislation.