5 Cloud Security Threats Everybody Should Know About

November 17, 2017 | Adya

Demand for cloud computing applications has drastically increased over the last 3 years.

According to Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), over 94% of the companies already run, or want to run their computing services from the cloud.

With the growing demand and ease in computing that cloud offers, web technologies like IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, etc. has grown 7x over the last 2 years.

According to CSA in their last summit, 90% of the total data in the world today was created in the last 2 years.

While the cloud computing has revolutionized the software hosting and application delivery models, it has also  introduced the possibility of new security breaches.

Here are some facts that you should know;

  • 29% of the applications operate on public cloud, 58% applications are hosted on shared cloud and a mere 7% on private cloud network.
  • 49% of the enterprises have adopted cloud technologies for revenue generation or product development activities and
  • 35% are aboard for innovation or competitive advantage.
  • 27% companies are migrating to cloud to lower their capital expenditures.

In 2017, 2 out of  every 3 workloads are processed in cloud.


We have listed here the 5 most important cloud security threats, that everyone should know about.

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Threat No 1: Data Breaches

Like conventional corporate networks, cloud environment also faces data breaches. The amount of data accrued in the cloud can be vast, which becomes a huge threat for providers. While the access is strictly controlled by the admin/owner, the data in storage is still sensitive and exposed. This can be addressed by deploying appropriate security controls.

The severity of data breach depends on the type of data being exposed – customer information, important documents, health information, trade secrets, intellectual property, etc.


 

Threat No. 2: Hacked Interfaces & API

Most of the applications today interact with each other through APIs for cloud provisioning, management, orchestration, monitoring, etc. The security and availability of these are dependent on the security of the API. Weak interfaces and APIs expose organizations to security issues related to confidentiality, integrity, availability, and accountability.

The severity of these hacks can be larger than any other threat, as the API can be accessible from the open internet.


Threat No. 3: Exploited System Vulnerabilities

Bugs in programs and loopholes in system are not a new problem. But, it can be larger than before because of multitenancy in cloud computing. Although the threats are very critical, this can be rectified by regular vulnerability scan, prompt patch management and quick follow-up on the threats in crashing bugs.

The severity of this threat can be mitigated if the programs and systems are kept clean with regular security checks.


Threat No. 4: Malicious Insiders

The insider threats can be from anywhere – former or current employees, administrator, contractor or even a business partner. Compromised login-credentials can be very harmful to the company as there are even possibilities of destroying entire architecture and manipulation of data. Systems that depend solely on the cloud service provider for security, such as encryption, are at greatest risk.

This type of threat can be very critical, especially when it’s coming from multiple sources. It can be an agenda of theft or even revenge. This can be rectified by continuously monitoring the usage at all periods of time.


Threat No. 5: DoS attacks

DoS (denial of service) attacks have been prevalent since the early days of computing. But these have increased in severity and frequency with time, as the cloud computing has grown drastically and ease of availability of information is not far from hackers/crawlers. While high-volume DDoS attacks are common, organizations should be aware of asymmetric, application-level DoS attacks, which target Web server and database vulnerabilities.

The DoS attacks can force systems to slowdown to time out.


How can Adya help in tackling these threats?

Adya helps you identify your most sensitive data, protect it and alert in case of malicious users and ransomware.

Adya is a simple to use SaaS tool.

All you need to do is – sync your data, set permissions and Adya will take care of the rest. You even get alerts when there is an occurrence of suspicious activity and also helps you access user logs.

Watch this video to understand the ease of working:: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jyv8TI6Mu2A

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