Using the Cloud to store your business’s data can be extremely helpful. It makes it easy to access information and to collaborate on projects. However, cybersecurity companies warn that it does come with security risks that are important for every company to be aware of before, or especially after, moving their data.
Cloud service providers (CSPs) use application programming interfaces (APIs), which is what organizations use to manage their assets and users. However, these APIs have additional software vulnerabilities than what is typical for an operating system. This is because they can be accessed via the Internet. This gives them broader exposer and makes them a bigger target for cybercriminals.
Incomplete Data Removal
CSPs also make data deletion more complicated. Rather than just selecting “delete” and moving on, Cloud users now have to remember that their data is available in a variety of storage devices within the CSP infrastructure and in an environment with multiple tenants. It can be hard to make sure everything was actually deleted, leaving data vulnerable to attackers.
Cybersecurity companies will tell you that attackers can also use CSP’s services to get additional resources. Once they find a way to have access to a user’s cloud credentials, the attacker can use cloud computing resources to target the admins of an organization or even the CSP admins themselves.
The separation among multiple tenant’s data doesn’t always function well in a CSP setting, meaning that attackers can use access to one organization to get access to another. In cases like these, they may not even need access to your credentials to get at important data.
This is where cybersecurity companies come in. All of this can sound terrifying and overwhelming, but our team at StratoZen has been working hard to develop effective ways to combat these types of strategies. Contact us or visit our website to learn more about our custom SIEM and other services.