Cloud Computing At An Increased Risk of Cyber Attacks

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Around 81% of businesses in the U.S. are operating on multi-cloud landscapes, and around 96% of enterprises use cloud technology in one form or another. It isn’t just large organizations that are relying on this technology to advance their digital strategy. Small and mid-sized businesses are also heavily dependent on it, with companies undertaking 77% of their workload on the cloud. It is vital for businesses to take more stringent measures to protect their cloud-stored data, however. The recently published 2019 Vulnerability and Threat Trends Report by Skybox Security has found that vulnerabilities in ‘cloud container’ software increased by 46% in the first half of 2019, compared to the same time frame in 2018.

Why Are So Many Businesses Relying On Cloud Containers?

Cloud containers are virtual machines that are simpler and speedier than traditional virtual machines. They also have a lower overhead, increased portability, and greater consistency and efficiency. They are used to create unique virtual spaces called ‘sandboxes’ that separate one application from all others in the same environment. Through these containers, it is possible to develop and migrate apps and software components from one system to another. For instance, a developer may need to move software from their laptop to a test environment in a business, or from a testing environment into full-on production. They might additionally wish to move this software from one machine in a data center to a virtual machine in the public cloud. Cloud containers can also be used to package a single application alongside everything it needs to run (including code and content).

Cloud Containers Continue To Attract Businesses

Despite the rise in vulnerabilities in cloud containers, this type of computing continues to be an attractive means of migrating software components between systems. According to IT experts, Taylored Systems, managed cloud networking and hosting are an ideal way to blend the convenience and reliability of a public cloud with the security of a private cloud. When it comes to container vulnerabilities in particular, it is up to IT managers to develop and implement tools that will automate security systems to eradicate the chance of breaches. The Skybox Security Report, in turn, states that of all the vulnerabilities found, “ Less than one percent of newly published vulnerabilities were exploited in the wild.” Still, because it is unclear which vulnerabilities pose the greatest risk, creating watertight security systems is key for all businesses relying on this technology.

Further Vulnerabilities

The Report warns that 2019 has been a year of ‘broad-reaching vulnerabilities that impact multiple products sharing the same code.” Hackers are also turning their backs to cryptomining and concentrating instead on ransomware, botnets and backdoors. Ransomware involves blocking access to a computer system until a specific sum is paid. Botnets involve infecting a computer network with malicious software to carry out illicit actions, such as the sending of spam. Backdoors, meanwhile, allow hackers to access a computer system or encrypted data.

The 2019 Vulnerability and Threat Trends Report has pointed out just a few cyber security threats that businesses should be aware of. Cloud containers are a convenient way to transfer software, yet data indicates a big growth of vulnerabilities for this technology. From ensuring your business relies on trusted IT managers to adopting automated security systems to bring your chances of breaches down to zero, you can rest assured that breaches won’t be ruining the smooth functioning of your business.