Cloud is a common term you hear. Cloud computing is the storing, accessing, and managing of massive data and software over the Internet (hence “Cloud”). It, in turn, gives a better running platform, infrastructure and software as a service.
While it is easy to see why all the organisations; from SMBs to Large Enterprises are moving on to Cloud Computing Services:
- Better access to the resources, saving organisations the cost of servers and more.
- Worldwide access, resulting in better team collaboration and data sharing.
- Multiple Storage options: public, private or hybrid storage.
- Various service choices according to the Organization’s needs.
- Better scalability and tool selection and customisation. That leads to defining a flexible structure and helps in identifying a better strategy for the business.
- Encryption and API keys support to keep data secure.
But still, if not handled with caution, like any other technology, cloud computing security may produce a baggage full with some bitter consequences. That may furthermore elevate the risks and turn cloud computing security into a nightmare.
Here we put a spotlight on the top 3 cloud computing security issues that companies face:
- Threats from the inside
Either due to an employee’s carelessness or a cloud service employee, contractor or any business partner went rogue may raise a serious risk to the data. The person who has or had authorised access to an organisation’s network and data may misuse the access given to them. This has the potential to harm the integrity of your Company.
But, furthermore, according to security researchers Alex Nicoll and William R Claycomb:
“CCS provide a resource for companies to improve business efficiency, but also expose new opportunities for insider-attacks. Organisations should be aware of vulnerabilities exposed and mindful of the availability of cloud services to employees within the organisation. The good news is that present-day data protection techniques can be efficient if exercised diligently.”
- Data Loss
Incoherent data backups and data syncing are what makes many businesses helpless in front of ransomware. Also, human errors and mistakes are inevitable because not just the ransomware and other outside attacks can cause data loss or damage. Amongst the keys to shrinking the non-malicious data, loss hazard is to maintain lots of proper backups at different and safe locales.
- DDoS attacks
With so many new networks available and upcoming, like IoT, smartphones, laptops and what-not, Distributed-Denial-of-Service attacks are becoming simpler for cyber attackers. With that, DDoS-as-a-Service is popularising between the Dark Web community. A potent DDoS strike on a computing service gives a cyber-criminal the time to execute other cyber-attacks without getting impounded.