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4 Cloud Security Concerns that Haunt Enterprises of Today

By Cloud Computing Outlook | Friday, June 11, 2021

The U.S. has almost a million tech-related jobs and many of them are in the cybersecurity space, which needs to be filled, however the shortage of qualified professionals remains a staring reality

FREMONT, CA: The expansion and advancements in cloud data storage have opened new avenues for growth and improvement in handling data and business. However, it also presents security threats to the cloud that organizations need to confront.

Below are five cloud security threats many enterprises face today:

Cloud-Based DDoS Attacks

Cloud providers are more prone to DDoS attacks, which floods the web servers with traffic leaving the website useless for hours or days. It results in loss of revenue, dissatisfied customers, and business disruption. To tackle cloud-based DDoS attacks, an advanced and responsive platform is needed that can predict potential breaches, identify unusual network activity, and stop the attacks before they take down an organization's web presence.

Proper and Prompt Communication

Proper communication and awareness of security threats are inevitable for network and cloud security but often, the information is incorrectly conveyed. SecOps teams have to examine all the alerts as there is no way to know which are truly of concern or just false positives.

A thorough security plan should include alerting the correct website or application manager as soon as a threat is identified. Timely approach on addressing a threat depends on clear and prompt communication so that measures can be taken by proper entities and alleviate the impact of the threat.

Hybrid Network Risks

Networks that exist partially on the cloud and premises (on-prem) in organizations face particular security scenarios, and most network security platforms can only tackle these problems one at a time. This leaves the whole network vulnerable to potential hacks and breaches.

The use of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in organizations often rely on cloud-based data away from the home office, which is not kept up to date with the latest security patches and protocols. Therefore, organizations need to choose a security platform that can handle both cloud data and data stored on-prem.

Constrains on Cloud Security

The latest cybersecurity offerings are not specialized to monitor cloud data, which creates large gaps in coverage. Although cloud security is similar to a typical on-prem cybersecurity, there are few major differences which present some issues to conventional security measures:

• Cloud data is delivered through software; hence the entire infrastructure between the user and the data being collected needs to be monitored constantly and secured     in an ever-changing environment.

• Because the cloud is dynamic, security platforms must be stable enough to handle recurrent and sudden changes.

• Cloud-based threats are often more sophisticated versus typical cyber threats.

• Bad actors specifically target cloud data with malware because it is more vulnerable than on-prem data.

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