According to Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), over 70percent of the
world’s businesses now operates on the cloud because it offers benefits like
lower fixed costs, higher flexibility, automatic software updates, increased collaboration,
and the freedom to work from anywhere. Still, the cloud has many security
relate issues. Recently the Cloud Security Spotlight Report showed that 90
percent of organizations are concerned
about public cloud security. These concerns include the possibility of hijacked
accounts, nasty insiders and full-scale data breaches. Although cloud services
have entered in a new age of transmitting and storing data, many companies are
still hesitant without a clear plan for security in place.
It demonstrates the fact that cloud security still is a major concern, and
mainly based on the following reasons:
Data Breaches: Cloud computing and services are relatively new and with
sensitive data being stored online rather than on premise, makes the cloud less
safe. It has been found through various surveys that breaching of data is three times more likely
to occur for businesses that utilize the cloud than those that don’t.
Hijacking of Accounts: The
growth and implementation of the cloud in many organizations has opened a whole
new set of issues in account hijacking. Attackers now have the ability to
use your login information to remotely access sensitive data stored on the
Insider Threat: An attack from inside your
organization may seem unlikely, but the insider threat does exist.
Employees can use their authorized access to an
organization’s cloud-based services to misuse or access information such as
customer accounts, financial forms, and other sensitive information.
Malware Injection: Malware injections are code
embedded into cloud services. This means that nasty code can be injected into
cloud services and viewed as part of the software.
Abuse of Cloud Services: Cloud’s unprecedented
storage capacity has allowed both hackers and authorized users to easily host
and spread malware, illegal software, and other digital properties.
Insecure APIs: Application Programming Interfaces
(API) give users the opportunity to customize their cloud experience, however,
APIs can be a threat to cloud security because of the communication that takes
place between applications. While this can help programmers and businesses,
they also leave exploitable security risks.
Denial of Service Attacks: These attacks do not
attempt to breach your security perimeter, but they attempt to make your
website and servers unavailable to legitimate users.
Insufficient Due Diligence: This type of security
gap occurs when an organization does not have a clear plan for its goals,
resources, and policies for the cloud. Insufficient monitoring can pose a
Shared Vulnerabilities: Cloud security is a shared
responsibility between the provider and the client, and it requires the client
to take preventative actions to protect their data and carelessness can result
in the data being breached.
Data Loss: Data on cloud services can be lost
through a cyber attack, natural disaster, or a data wipe by the service
provider. Losing vital information can be damaging to businesses that don’t
have a recovery plan. Securing your data means carefully reviewing your
provider’s back up procedures.
Security Concerns for Cloud-Based Services
The cloud has opened up a whole new frontier for storage, access,
flexibility, and productivity. It’s also opened up a new world of security
By being aware of these top 10 security concerns, you and your team can
build a cloud security strategy to protect your business.