Top Four Security Risks of Cloud Infrastructure

Top Four Security Risks of Cloud Infrastructure

The rate at which malware functions can be exploited has let hackers roll out security patches quickly and use a similar kind of swiftness to cause security risks leaving no loopholes to be fixed.

The increased usage of cloud computing by enterprises has influenced digital transformation, which has broadened the security requirements of business infrastructure. Companies are now required to embrace plans regarding secure cloud infrastructure that reaps advantages with visibility and less complex security risks. Here are some top security risks of cloud infrastructure that companies are required to consider-

Human-generated Errors

Human errors have been condemned for cloud breaches. According to World Economic Forum, Global Risks Report 2022 revealed that 95% of cybersecurity breaches are results of human error. As companies rely more on technology and leverage the metaverse, Blockchain, in numerous ways, creates more vulnerabilities to exploit, which opens opportunities for cybercriminals to steal essential data and increase security risks in cloud infrastructure.

Visibility becomes the critical challenge when addressing human errors, and it becomes challenging for the security team to keep up with the constantly changing support requirements and the cloud infrastructure’s elastic reality.

The deployment of multi-solution points to manage security risks across different cloud channels and on-premises leaves many organizations needing help maintaining consistent security policies and enforcement.

The probability of cloud workloads causing IT threats becomes higher if companies can’t identify and remediate APIs and misconfigurations risks.

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Unprotected Cloud Service Provider

In public clouds, many cloud infrastructure is secure by the CSP. However, many companies need to understand that this security works on a shared responsibility model, which means the CSP and customers’ responsibilities create chaos in security holes that let cybercriminals exploit cloud infrastructure. By this, cyber-attackers can target the operating system and applications to obtain access from which they gain power by using malware or other techniques which can hamper the business environment.

Sometimes this cyber-attack leads to targeting intellectual property and confidential information stored in the cloud infrastructure. These security risks are so significant that even if companies process with a properly configured cloud workload, they will still leave some susceptible unpatched vulnerabilities and zero days, making runtime threats a big concern for them.

Shadow IT

As Shadow IT avoids the standard IT clearance and management process and exacerbates visibility problems, it is typically not developed for nefarious purposes. Employees frequently use cloud services to perform their tasks but controlling cloud resource scalability is challenging due to the simplicity of its usage. These unauthorized assets threaten cloud infrastructure because of a lack of security plan and can be accessed through default passwords and misconfigurations. Companies face challenges in maintaining visibility and management-level security risks required by cloud and DevOps teams.

DevOps teams must ensure that deployment of applications must be done within security measures and integrates these security solutions directly with continuous integration or continuous delivery pipeline. Organizations need to apply a unified approach for security teams to acquire required information without interrupting DevOps, and IT and Security teams should work cordially.

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Scarcity of Cloud Security Strategy

Another security risk to cloud infrastructure is the company’s need for cloud security strategy and skills. With no clue about securing cloud workloads, many companies implement the same approach they use on-premises data centers. But there is a massive disparity between the on premise data center security model and cloud infrastructure, and this poor planning leaves loopholes for new security risks and vulnerabilities.

Companies are required to play with innovation and enhance their business value. This will be with security risks, but CSO needs to plan and execute the cloud security programs strategically. They must plan and run in a prime position to influence business growth and mitigate cloud infrastructure disruption by ensuring the alignment between business purpose, technology, and DevOps teams.

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