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The Top 7 Advanced Cloud Security Challenges


Top 7 Advanced Cloud Security Challenges

With nearly 87% of businesses set to migrate to the cloud in the coming months, cloud security challenges will become the focus of digitization efforts all around.


Although cloud services make it more economical to run and manage data centers that are highly scalable and portable, they also present an entirely new set of cyber security threats and concerns.


2021 is becoming a major year for data breaches:

  1. UN computer networks have been breached by hackers earlier this year

  2. 214 million records breached of Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn

  3. $2.3 million ransom paid by Colonial Pipeline which carries 45% of the East Coast’s supply of petroleum, diesel and jet fuel

  4. 7 million records were breached of men’s clothing retailer Bonobos

  5. Data of 3.3 million Volkswagen and Audi customers and prospects were breached in Canada and the U.S.

Here are the top 7 advanced cloud security challenges you should watch out for:


1. Misconfiguration of Assets in the Cloud

Checkpoint’s Cloud Security Report reveals that incorrect setup or misconfiguration of the cloud platform is the biggest challenge to cloud migration security. About 27% of IT decision-makers surveyed by TrendMicro in the UK reported having experienced such misconfigurations during. Wrong settings while implementing cloud systems can have significant legal and regulatory compliance implications. Misconfiguration of cloud-related applications can also leave your system vulnerable to attacks and leaks, for leaving your clients’ sensitive data on an open Amazon AWS S3 bucket, may allow anyone to read and download this data.


Solution

Test your cloud deployment for errors early on, and before any major deployment.

2. Access Without Authorization

Employee credentials can be hacked as a result of weak security implementations.

Setting up improper access controls can be another major cause of unauthorized access. Solution

It is very important that you set up robust identity and access control policies and implement these properly in your chosen cloud.


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3. Weak Interfaces

Weak or insecure interfaces such as APIs that allow third-party applications to connect to your infrastructure may open a backdoor for hackers and cyber attackers. Outsiders can then exploit these pathways to appropriate money and credit, alter or steal data and set up a denial-of-service attack.

Solution

Build a secure and robust API infrastructure, minimizing the number of endpoints and rigorously testing these for security vulnerabilities. Implement Authentication and Authorization accordingly.

4. Cloud Account Hijacking

Access credentials given to staff and personnel may be susceptible to theft if your password protections are weak. Identity thieves can then conduct malicious activity at the free rein.


Solution

Use encrypted password keys and multiple authorization levels to grant access. Adding multi-factor authentication can be a very effective tool.


5. External Data-Sharing

Data often needs to be shared with multiple vendors, clients, and other stakeholders. Because your data is flowing through an essentially external pathway, you need to implement security protocols to ensure that data packets are not intercepted and misused.


Solution

Always use encrypted messaging to share files and documents over the cloud. Make sure to remove unencrypted content that has been left online.


6. Application Threats

Systems and applications that are built on the cloud have their own set of security flaws ranging from insecure lambda functions, improper authorization and all the way to insecure configurations.

Solution

Use a combination of testing methods to identify and eliminate vulnerabilities in your cloud system, such as black-box penetration testing and white-box penetration testing.


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7. Foreign-based Cyber Attacks

Attacks originating outside your secure jurisdiction can leave you with no respite to reclaim data or sue for damages.


Solution

Thorough testing of cloud application systems through grey box penetration testing and proper implementation of cloud security controls is key to securing your cloud deployment.


The Covid-19 pandemic has made it even more urgent for companies to move to automated systems and work from anywhere.


There is no doubt that cloud migration is necessary and critical to business survival. However, it is also important to address cybersecurity concerns before you deploy a cloud service in your organization.


Komodo Consulting is a high-end cybersecurity firm specializing in Penetration Testing, Red-Team Exercises and Application Security.


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