The talk is about cloud security, a security certainly superior to that offered by the company on its information system. This is probably true, however, the success of the cloud and its generalization in companies – 79% have adopted – makes it a prime target for mafia hackers.

The more businesses embrace the cloud, the faster adoption of the cloud, and the more security and data threats in the cloud that need to be fully focused.

While cloud services provide a resource for organizations to improve the efficiency of their operations, they also expose them to new opportunities for internal and external attacks.

Here are the top 7 threats to cloud security in 2018:

Data Violations

In 2017, didn’t you hear about data breaches? Even the most profane of the cybersecurity world have heard about it. For example, the Equifax breach in September affected at least 143 million ordinary people. The clouds are not immune to the gaps in their systems …

Loss of Data

Sometimes lost data from cloud servers is not due to a cyber attack. Non-malicious causes of data loss include natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes, and simple human errors, such as when a cloud administrator accidentally deletes files.

It’s easy to underestimate the risk that something bad will happen to your data because of an innocent mistake. One of the keys to mitigating the threat of non-malicious data loss is managing many backups on physical sites in different geographic locations.

Internal Threats

Internal threats to cloud security are also underestimated. Most employees are trustworthy, but an IT or business service employee may have information that can be easily acquired by an external cyber-attacker who knows how to manipulate social engineering like carrots financial.

Denial of Service Attacks

Controlling a DDoS attack against a cloud service is usually done using a full web service, eliminating the need for direct contact between the attacker and the client. It also gives the cyber attacker the time to perform other types of cyber attacks without being caught.

In addition, DoS attacks are simple enough for cyber attackers to do, especially if they are controlling a botnet. Let’s add that DDoS-as-a-service is gaining popularity on the Dark Web. Today, attackers do not need know-how and their own robots. All they have to do is transfer some of their cryptocurrency to buy a Dark Web service.

Spectrum and Meltdown

These two flaws in the processors of Intel and its competitors are added to the list of known cloud security threats. Because the speculative execution vulnerabilities of Meltdown and Spectrum also affect the processors used by cloud services. Spectrum is particularly difficult to patch, and the extent of the threat has not been measured …

This is a huge problem for cloud service providers. As patches become available, they only make it more difficult to execute an attack. Patches can also degrade performance so some companies may choose to leave their systems unpatched.

Unsecured APIs

Application Programming Interfaces (APIs ) are important software components for cloud services, but they represent a public gateway for applications. In many cloud systems, APIs with a public IP address is the only facets of the organization’s security limit. For example, running a cloud API can give cyberattackers considerable access to cloud applications.

Non-Secure IoT

Strangely, IoT is often forgotten in articles that evoke the security of the cloud … However, one can not go without the other, and in case of attack to which the Internet of Things will inevitably be subjected – this as much as security is still the poor relation of connected objects projects today! – the cloud will be the vector of threats and the partner of botnets. IoT is an open door to many areas of business, especially for private data and industry.