Latest cloud security publications
Cyber security researchers discovered a flaw in VMware’s cloud-service delivery platform that could have allowed hackers to seize control of enterprise private clouds.
Ethical Hackers working for cyber security company Citadelo discovered the flaw in VMware Cloud Director, previously vCloud Director, during a security audit of Fortune 500 companies using the platform.
Enterprise cloud accounts have faced an onslaught of cyber attacks in recent months as organistions increase their use of cloud services and collaboration tools.
That’s according to the latest cloud security research from McAfee, who analysed data from its 30 million global McAfee MVISION Cloud users between January and April.
83 percent of IoT transactions are happening over unsecured channels A report has warned of a troubling surge in unauthorised IoT devices connected to enterprise networks. US-based cloud security company Zscaler analysed cloud traffic generated by its customers for its latest IoT Traffic report. The company found that “shadow IoT” device traffic is growing rapidly… Read More
If the past decade in enterprise IT was owned by cloud, then the next ten years will arguably be defined by our attempt to secure it.
The degree to which cloud has absorbed applications and data is well-documented. While companies are consolidating with hybrid deployments, according to some estimates, 91 percent of organisations have moved some portion of their workloads to the cloud.
As this new territory grows, so too does its attack surface. Organisations need to be armed and ready, yet many are getting into sloppy habits, particularly when it comes to basic data storage practices. Between June 2018 and May 2019 over 2.3 billion files were found on misconfigured or non-secured cloud storage technologies. As cyber security company Forcepoint has framed it, as more companies become “cloud smart,” a large number appear to remain “cloud dumb,” at least when it comes to security.
The oversight is partly because we naturally focus on the ways a new tool can make our lives easier without first considering its side-effects. True, it’s not only a matter of failing to get the basics right. Like with any new technology, it has taken time for us to grasp the multitude of ways that the cloud can leave companies exposed. Compounding this problem is the pace at which cyber hackers conjure up new means of attack.
Cloud computing has offered a wealth of opportunity for businesses across the globe. From encouraging vast and continuous development of services, applications and platforms, to giving companies a myriad of choices when it comes to finding the right solution to drive business benefit. However, cloud computing does open the door to new risks that need to be acknowledged. These risk factors come in many different shapes and sizes, including unauthorised system access, mass data loss, or the complexity of network identity management.
Visibility is absolutely key for businesses to make informed and educated decisions. Without the full picture, correct decision making is nearly impossible and will ultimately lead to failure. With an understanding of where the risks and threats lie, companies can build a defence to mitigate these threats; this is where having centralised connectivity is essential.