Multi-cloud is the preferred strategy among enterprises, some 84% of which have a multi-cloud strategy, according to the RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud Report. Public cloud has been adopted by 31% of enterprises, while 28% are prioritizing hybrid cloud (which combines the use of public and private cloud). The widespread use of this data storage facility has led the World Economic Forum to deem ‘rethinking of cloud approaches’ as one of the most pressing cybersecurity trends for 2020. How are current cloud storage systems under threat, and what steps can be taken to prevent future attacks?
Current Threats To The Cloud
Threat Cloud, which analyzes the rates of current cyber threats, found that on a given day, there can be over 11 million cyber-attacks facing companies and individuals alike. The World Economic Forum itself has reported nearly 90 billion compromise attempts in a 24-hour period. Despite the statistics, cloud security is often an afterthought, and companies need to start the year by considering safer, faster, scalable protection for their data. Companies who currently rely on the public cloud may need to consider IT managed services with dedicated security controls. These controls need to be compatible with security deployed in other areas within the distributed network. After all, an attack on cloud data could lead to the loss of vital information, as well as the interruption of vital operations. Affected companies also have to deal with collateral damage – including a sullied reputation and loss of client trust.
Threats To Watch Out For
Companies failing to prioritize cybersecurity for cloud data need to be aware of the main threats that can occur. These include data breaches (i.e. enabling unauthorized users to obtain access to data), loss of data, denial of service (i.e. data becomes unavailable to company users), and crypto jacking. The latter is a new threat that involves installing a crypto-mining script on the victim’s server, which significantly slows down systems.
Features To Include When Deploying Cloud Security Controls
In order to protect data, significant controls need to be included in security systems. These include centralized visibility, which allows IT professionals to spot and quickly correct any security misconfigurations that occur. Equally key are API-level integration, web app firewalls, and automated cloud security, particularly of repeated tasks, deployments and resource provisioning. Information should be classified according to risk so that cloud monitorization, utilization and optimization can all be automated.
Cloud security has been identified as a hot topic in cybersecurity, as per the RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud Report. Considering that there are millions of cyberattacks that occur daily, businesses wishing to store and manage data efficiently and safely need to be aware of the biggest threats. They also need to include specific features in their strategy – including centralized visibility and automation.