Understanding the Most Common Threats to Cloud Security – Part 1

In the wake of recent cyber-attacks, businesses are stepping up their interest in security specifically regarding their cloud infrastructure.

The first step to ensuring your company stays out of the cyber-attack headlines is to understand the most common threats to your cloud infrastructure. We look at six of these in this two-part post.

Data breaches

The vast amount of data stored on cloud servers has made cloud providers an attractive target, which means that while these providers deploy their own security controls, the onus is on you to go the extra mile to protect your data. In addition to the costs from breach investigations, brand damage and loss of business can affect an organisation for years to come.

Strategix cloud hosting solutions provides several attractive benefits for your company by enabling you to consume computer resources as a utility – just like electricity – rather than having to build and maintain IT infrastructures on-premise.  Extending into the cloud should expand your options without adding complexity allowing you to meet changing business needs with greater flexibility.

Compromised credentials

Lax authentication, weak passwords, and poor key or certificate management are the top causes of data breaches and cyber-attacks.  Ensure that your organisation is on top of permissions and accesses as people come in and out of your organisation and their roles change. Multifactor authentication systems protect cloud services because they make it harder for attackers to log in with stolen passwords.

Inadequate diligence

Embracing the cloud without performing due diligence to understand the environment and associated risks puts your organisation at a disadvantage. You can expect operational and architectural issues if your development team lacks familiarity with cloud technologies as apps are deployed to the cloud.

Don’t miss part two of our post where we look at more common threats to cloud security.

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