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Securing SAAS Application

Hi we have a SAAS application based in .NET and SQL Server using IIS (Windows 2008 R2)
One of our client has requested to deploy the solution to their server.

I am worried that they will copy it and create their own application.

Is there anyway I can protect this application.

Are there any best pracitices on deploing SAAS on local network.

Thanks
Kashif
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saleemz
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saleemz
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shalomcCommented:
SaaS on their network is not SaaS any longer.
It is just another product you sold and have to support.
Maybe the risk isn't worth the revenue - that is up to you to decide.

a. You need advice on how to protect your intelectual property in this new scenario.
b. You must adjust your pricing to include support, maintenance, and the risk of copyright infringement.
c. You should add licensing management into your application code.
d. You can add obfuscation, code packaging, strong encryption, and all kinds of tricks, but ultimately a determined, skilled professional will be able to crack your software.

Read this article for more pointers to the technical aspects of securing a .net application.
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/506282/protect-net-code-from-reverse-engineering

imho, if your business plan is about SaaS, then selling your code is like shooting yourself in the foot.
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