Common Cloud Security Threats

Although most organizations use cloud computing to some degree, many haven’t adopted the best practices for preventing or mitigating security threats. An organization using cloud-hosted services to store critical data or run applications needs to know the potential risks. Below are six of the more common cloud security threats.

1 – Unauthorized Access

Unauthorized access is a problem for organizations. This access occurs for many reasons, such as weak or reused passwords, employee misuse of credentials, phishing schemes, poor authentication processes, and hijacked accounts. All organizations face these challenges regularly. But in the cloud, outsiders can access your cloud environment from the Internet.

2 – Misconfigurations

Many organizations don’t have staff with the expertise to implement strategies that protect their cloud-based infrastructure. If an organization uses a few cloud service providers, each with different security controls, this often results in misconfigurations of cloud security settings, making your organization vulnerable to security threats. Human error is one reason for misconfigurations. Another reason is that organizations don’t have complete control over their cloud infrastructure and must depend on the cloud service providers for accurate configurations.

3 – External Data Sharing

Data sharing is easy in the cloud; however, it also creates security challenges. Cloud security threats are becoming more common, especially with link-based sharing. Anyone with the link, whether stolen by cybercriminals or forwarded by mistake, can access your data. Although other options exist for data sharing such as inviting collaborators individually or contacting them via email, these methods aren’t as efficient, making link-based sharing the popular choice.

4 – Denial of Service

When you conduct business in the cloud, your organization can experience severe data or financial loss when there is a denial-of-service (DoS) attack. The DoS affects normal business operations by flooding the organization with a large volume of traffic designed to slow down or crash the system.

5 – Lack of Visibility

An organization owns the on-premises infrastructure and controls the internal security strategies deployed. In the cloud, organizations lack the visibility to identify and respond to incidents that can damage a business. With only partial visibility and ownership in a cloud-based environment, organizations can’t effectively secure their data or application and must rely on cloud service providers.

6 – Malware Infections

Although some people mistakenly believe that malware isn’t an issue in the cloud, this is not the case. Cloud malware infections spread easily due to data sharing as files move into and out of the cloud. Once the data is compromised, it often results in other threats such as DoS and unauthorized access.

Cloud platforms are essential to many organizations, but the cloud also comes with risks. Without adequate security, your cloud-based environments face a variety of threats. Every organization needs to be aware of the issues they could encounter from DoS attacks, lack of visibility, and unauthorized access. By recognizing the common threats, you can implement strategies to protect your cloud data and applications.

If you want to protect your organization’s cloud-hosted services from security threats, you need to talk with the experts at RingStor. Our data management firm helps organizations protect crucial digital assets and ensures business continuity. For more information, contact us today by sending an email or calling us at (609) 955-3422.

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