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Cloud Computing security – How secure is Cloud Computing?
What do Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, Box and other similar cloud services have in common? They offer, economical, scalable and safe data storage solutions that not only decrease costs and increase economies of scale, but also provide easy access from anywhere in the world.
From consumer or industrial point of view, cloud computing has started gaining attention due to the widespread benefits that come with it. But, is it really without any risks? In this article, we share our thoughts regarding the security of your data in cloud computing. Here are the top 6 most worrisome threats to cloud computing that pose serious challenge to consumers and organizations alike to keep their data safe and secure:
Data breach and theft
Nothing is more dangerous than having your data breached and stolen in the cloud, as pointed shared by analysts in the survey conducted by CSA. Virtual machines can be vulnerable to leak cryptographic keys, which hackers can use to enter any operating system in the cloud and steal data. If encryption key is the way to encrypt data, then losing this key would mean losing your entire data.
Whereas a hacker can access and delete the data, the cloud service provider can get disrupted due to fire, natural disasters or other emergency situations resulting in complete data loss. Data loss may not be an issue for most of the users, but if a cloud service providers is specifically assigned the duty to safeguard vulnerable data, it can be dragged and prosecuted in the court for violating data safety laws.
Service traffic hijacking
Whenever a hacker gets access to a client’s credentials in the cloud, it is not difficult for him to manipulate data, get the customers to illegitimate websites and steal all of the important information such as credit card numbers.
Weak infrastructure and APIs
Cloud computing is a serious game, and needs to be managed and monitored using strong infrastructures and APIs.
Also termed as Denial of service attacks, DoS attacks were not a major threat until recently, when cloud computing started gaining widespread populatrity and usage. Hackers can initiate DoS attacks to damage the cloud service providers and their clients in terms of financial resources. In this attack, the hacker inflates the time required to run resources, making it extremely expensive for the cloud service provider’s client to keep the data for very long.
Believe it or not, a current or former employee working with the cloud storage provide knows not only the exact location of servers but has access to networks, systems or important data. The insider can be bought by an agency or a team of hackers to steal the vulnerable information.
Cloud computing has its own merits and setbacks. Hence, it should be used with caution by companies having an extra data backup plan in case the cloud service provider is unable to meet the client demands.