Cloud services are widely known for the security they offer. New ways of maintaining as well as deploying security solutions, which cover even a wider range of potential mishaps, come about every now and then. The data stored in the cloud mostly stays secure in the data centres located globally. However, there remains a constant cloud (figuratively!) of potential threats which can turn into a nightmare for biggest of the cloud-enabled organizations as the approach on how to manage security has not and does not appear to change over the years.
Here are 5 most common threats to your cloud…
1. Inadequate access control
The most basic threat which comes to haunt and shake the foundations of one’s cloud is not enough access control. Imposters who pose as legitimate users, developers, etc. often get hold of important data when it is in transit. Malicious software is often found to have originated from legitimate centres. Sufficient identities or key management could be used in order to escape this kind of situation.
2. Insufficient contract regulation among customers or partners
The contracts which are signed, before the users are granted access to the cloud, often encapsulate restrictive clauses on how and where to use particular information. Legal actions might come about to those failing to abide by these clauses. However, certain cloud services hold the right to share all the data available with third parties, Thus, being a cause of the breach of confidentiality agreement.
3. Unsafe software interfaces
Unsafe software interfaces more often than not become the root cause of data leaks or information thefts. Weak interfaces tend to breach confidentiality as well as the accountability of an organization’s data. Proper activity tracking through access management could help in preventing this type of activity to occur.
4. Incompetent system availabilities
Exploitable bugs often make systems vulnerable, thus insinuating them to infiltrators. Unsafe operating systems often become gateways to significant data thefts and the stakes often come down to the security of services. Shared memory and resources mostly are the entry points of malicious attacks by hackers and thieves.
5. Data loss
Sometimes the data falls prey to accidental deletion by the cloud provider. Natural or man-made disasters like earthquakes or fires also pose a significant threat to the stored data. Appropriate measures for data backup and recovery mostly prove as a good decision for cloud providers.