The Top 5 Cloud Security Threats You Face Right Now
Cloud computing has become an integral aspect of corporate IT, offering virtually infinite flexibility and scalability to support changing strategic goals and operating needs. However, like any technology, there are serious security concerns that need to be addressed to protect your operations.
These are the top 5 you need to focus on resolving right now.
1. Poorly configured infrastructure
The beauty of cloud infrastructure is the speed and ease with which new components and services can be added. Without an overarching security strategy, however, it is equally easy to introduce vulnerabilities and gaps that could be exploited by committed hackers.
In most cases, these configuration errors are caused by inexperience and poor planning. Cloud consoles are designed to be operated by any capable IT professional – but without specific knowledge of the platform, it is easy to make (costly) mistakes.
2. Cultural problems
The second biggest cloud security challenge you face is not technical either. Over 40% of businesses believe that ‘privileged users’ (people with administrator-level credentials) present their largest cybersecurity threat.
Bad password habits, careless use of credentials, basic incompetence or malicious behavior means that one of the biggest threats to cloud security comes from inside your business.
3. Incomplete disaster recovery provisioning
The distributed nature of cloud infrastructure adds a far greater degree of resilience than traditional on-site environments – but many CTOs over-estimate the disaster recovery provisions included. Yes, data stored in cloud platforms is replicated across the provider’s data centers – but it is also synchronized to create an exact copy in each.
Without additional backup and recovery services, a basic cloud subscription offers little extra protection against data loss. Which means that some businesses are building cloud-based systems that are not capable of recovering data in the event of a failure or outage at the provider’s data center.
4. Denial of service attacks
Cloud-based systems are wholly reliant on internet connectivity – any interruption affects productivity. Cybercriminals and hacktivists know that attacking web connections can have a dramatic effect.
As you adopt more cloud services, expect to see an increase in denial of service attacks. Your cloud provider will implement new technologies and safeguards to protect connectivity at their end – you will need to do similar at your network perimeter.
5. More malware
Malware continues to be an effective (and profitable) tool for compromising company networks. The cloud offers some additional protections, but it too is vulnerable.
Ransomware infections – particularly on networks that synchronize data to the cloud – are still a significant threat for instance. Overwriting cloud storage with maliciously encrypted files will become a major problem if local networks are not properly secured.
Cloud security begins at home
As you can see from this list, many of the largest risks to your cloud systems are not actually “in” the cloud. People remain a significant weak point in network security by mishandling data, deliberately circumventing controls put in place to protect them, or acting maliciously. Regular refresher training, skills audits, and strengthened disciplinary procedures will be vital to minimizing the potential for human-initiated failures.
Moreover, although your business can do little to harden the external security provided by your cloud platform, you can ensure that hosted applications are configured to reduce the potential for compromise. Similarly, your network perimeter needs to be strengthened to prevent ingress – and to stop it becoming the jumping-off point for attacks against your cloud-based systems.
Don’t be fooled – the cloud is secure, but you still have a significant part to play in keeping it that way.
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