Risks Associated with Cloud Security Faced by Organizations

Enterprise Security Magazine | Friday, August 05, 2022

A robust zero trust layer, in addition to simple authentications, requires discrete isolation between users and applications based on their behavior.

FREMONT, CA: Providers of cloud services ensure their end of the shared responsibility model, where the CSP will protect its infrastructure, and the customer will protect the data, applications, and access. Consequently, attackers naturally place a much greater focus on organizations consuming services. This finding supports the narrative that organizations using cloud services should mitigate security events and data breaches to the fullest extent possible.

Issue of Identity Management

As the number of organizations migrating their applications to the cloud increases, the issue of identity management will continue to generate a lot of conversation. IT teams still have to verify the identity of employees working remotely from anywhere at any time on any device, as many companies still work remotely. Furthermore, businesses rely on the cloud to engage with their customers and partners. A robust key management system keeps data secure and ensures trusted parties access only essential information.

Security issues

Managing and securing APIs is one of the most challenging tasks an organization can face. Several vulnerabilities may exist in APIs and similar interfaces due to configuration issues, coding problems, or lack of authentication. Malicious activity is potentially taking advantage of these oversights. The velocity of cloud development is accelerating. Cloud computing can speed up process that would take days or weeks. Each provider has unique capabilities that are enhanced and expanded almost daily, which adds complexity to using multiple cloud providers. Managing change and remediation in this dynamic environment requires an agile and proactive approach.

Unconventional configurations

Incorrect configurations or suboptimal setups can expose computing assets to unintended damage and external or internal malicious activity. Misconfigurations can result from ignorance of security settings and malicious intent. As a consequence of the cloud, misconfiguration errors can be magnified to an extremely high degree by the cloud. Cloud technology's scalability and ability to create related services for smoother workflow are two of its greatest advantages. One misconfiguration can, however, have ramifications across multiple systems due to this complexity.

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