Beware of these top 4 cloud security threats for 2021

Cloud computing brings new limitless opportunities to users, from the on-demand app and server access to big data analytics and indefinite cloud storage. The benefits of the cloud compared to traditional IT are apparent, however, uploading dozens of docs and syncing all of our devices paves the way for unwanted predators. Based on a report by Ermetic, almost 80 % of companies experienced a cloud data breach in the past 18 months and reasons such as the lack of cloud security and visibility are the talking points of this year. Here are four cloud security threats to watch out for in 2021:


1. Misconfiguration

A new item mentioned on the Cloud Security Alliance list is misconfiguration and inadequate change control. Poor configuration can lead to cloud storage data being exposed to malicious activity which focuses on removing or manipulating resources. Inadequate change controls appear to be the number one source of configuration errors.

What can you do?

Your cloud environment may sometimes turn into a complex system of software and apps difficult to interconnect and configure correctly. Use technology and automation that detects misconfigured resources and implement security measures like network segmentation.

2. Lack of cloud security architecture and strategy

To effectively secure your cloud-based resources from cyber hazards, your cloud security architecture needs to consist of necessary and thought-out tools and processes.

How to ensure proper cloud security architecture?

First, align your cloud security architecture with your company s business objectives. Moreover, building a fitting infrastructure, keeping models updated, and installing a continuous monitoring program will help prevent cloud security damage.

3. Cloud usage visibility limitations

A common threat is employees using apps without the permission of the security team. The IT department's inability to differentiate between valid and invalid users operating sanctioned or unsanctioned apps scan embody a risk for the whole organization.

To minimize visibility limitations:

Educate staff from top to bottom and implement organization-wide proper cloud-use practices. It may be advised for business owners or managers to invest in web application firewalls and the zero trust model and hire risk management personnel to detect all non-approved cloud services.

4. Account hijacking

As cloud computing is becoming more widespread, so are attempts to data theft through account hijacking. Phishing attacks are slowly becoming more effective and directly addressed, and therefore unauthorized access to valuable information is on the rise as well. Attackers can cause harm through gaining credentials and subsequently stealing or manipulating data, terminating operational processes, or participating in financial deceit.

How can you avoid account hijacking?

The main thing experts advise is to begin using strong IAM controls and secure passwords with multifactor authentification.


To ensure a cloud security in your infrastructure, ask our experts to assess, redesign or reconfigure your IT network. 


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