SHARED RESPONSIBILITY OF CLOUD SECURITY

PUBLIC CLOUD SECURITY THREATS
Although the public cloud comes with great financial and technical benefits, like any other infrastructure, it also has its share of threats. Over the years, we have seen a rise in both attack frequency and diversity of malicious software used. With increases in cloud incidents related to vulnerability scanning, web application attacks and brute force attacks, it is crucial for you to understand the types of threats potentially targeting you on the cloud so you can build a security-in-depth strategy to defend your environment from malicious attacks.

Cloud security reports for 2014 indicated that web application attacks, brute force attacks and vulnerability scans were the most pronounced attacks experienced in the Cloud Hosting Provider environments, each impacting over 40% of the cloud hosting base. Brute force attacks have surged, likely due to the increasing presence of valuable data in the cloud, with vulnerability scans typically coupled with brute force attacks in terms of attack style and process.

Real-time analysis across 2200 customers with 232,364 incidents. Source: Cloud Security Report 2014.
Real-time analysis across 2200 customers with 232,364 incidents. Source: Cloud Security Report 2014.

In the next post we’ll look further at understanding this shared security responsibility model and what you can do to secure your cloud deployments.