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By AMSAT May 3,2021

6 Biggest Threats to Cloud Computing

Businesses have had to turn to third-party cloud and managed security services to find ways to strengthen cybersecurity and move from legacy to modern data platforms.

 

Nevertheless, the abrupt shift to the cloud has brought new security risks. This means that if your business or organization opts to implement cloud technologies and migrate your data over, you could be making a major blunder without being fully knowing the risks involved.

 

This blog will outline the six most important cybersecurity threats to cloud computing.

1. Data breaches

Data breach can be the key objective of an attack through which important information such as health, financial, personal individuality, academic and other associated information is observed, stolen or used by an unauthorized user. The issue can be remedied by evaluating data protection during design and run time. Companies therefore must limit access to data and uphold observance to industry standards and conformity.

2. Inadequate identity, credential and access management

Security threats may happen because of insufficient safety of the credentials. Data is likely to be read, changed, or removed by an unauthorized user. To counter this threat, contractors, third-party users and employees should be provided awareness and knowledge about security and its various aspects. In addition, companies must recognize and access rights to detect breaches.

3. Insecure interfaces and APIs

Customers and third-party users often offer software user interfaces or application programming interfaces (APIs) services. These APIs or passwords may be accessed by an unauthorized user, transmitting content, get authorizations and logging abilities. The problem can be remedied by using a good security model of software interfaces, and by using API frameworks.

4. System vulnerability

Security breaches might happen because of exploitable viruses in programs that remain within a system, letting a hacker intrude and get access to important information or smash the service operations. This problem can be overcome if organizations regularly detect data evaluations and system revelation change, or demolition. It’s also important that quality and integrity of systems and services be frequently checked.

5. Account or service hijacking

Account or service hijacking can be conducted to gain access and misuse extremely advantaged accounts. Attack systems like deception, phishing, and abuse of software susceptibility are conducted typically using the stolen passwords. The problem can be remedied by utilizing strong two-factor verification methods where possible.

6. Evil insider

An evil intruder can access important data of the system administrator or may even get control over the internet services at greater levels with little or no risk of being caught. An evil insider may impact a company by damaging brand, and effecting financial loss. To countenance this challenge, it’s important that organizations comprehend the practices done by internet service providers. Organizations should systematize their procedures and use technologies that scan regularly for misconfigured resources and counter strange activity in real time.

Ways to prevent cyberattacks

Given the current situation in the cyber world, it’s almost impossible to stop hackers from committing their nefarious activities and conducting cyberattacks. But most of these attacks can be prevented if companies take appropriate measures.

 

First of all, companies should have a safe and classy hardware which is password-protected and supported up by 2-way verification. It’s highly advisable if you don’t ignore the efficiency of defending your physical storage disks; otherwise, it will give hackers or anyone a chance to steal your company’s important information.

 

The other important point is that your company’s hardware must be protected as, according to research, the majority of the data breaches happen when stolen kit gets into the hands of the criminals. In addition, encryption of data gives your company an edge when your data is stolen by hackers. And that’s because of the fact that it becomes futile even if a hacker walks away with it.

 

Thirdly, your company should have a backup data in case an attack is carried out on your company’s systems. However, it’s worth pointing out that the backup should be done very effectively, meaning that the data ought to be retrievable in case a disaster hits your company. Last but not least, educate employees on the latest developments in the cyber world, so that they can help alleviate cyber risks with ease. For example, they can be educated about risks linked with using indiscreet networks to access work information and circumventing unsafe websites and sharing important data on social media.

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    Cybersecurity Weekly News Roundup for 3rd week of December

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    By AMSAT Dec 18,2020

    Cybersecurity Weekly News Roundup

    The outgoing week has been full of happenings: supply chain attacks, cyberattacks, and creation of kill switch for SolarWinds backdoor by technology giants like Microsoft and FireEye have dominated the cybersecurity landscape.

    Here is a brief review of news that stood out in the cyberworld.


    Microsoft, FireEye confirmed SolarWinds supply chain attack


    Cybercriminals believed to be operating on behalf of a foreign government breached software provider SolarWinds and then deployed a malware-laced update for its Orion software to infect the networks of numerous US companies and government networks.

    Cyberattack hit SolarWinds’ 18,000 customers

    SolarWinds divulged that 18,000 customers might have been affected by the cyber-attack against its supply chain.

    FireEye, Microsoft, GoDaddy come up with kill switch for SolarWinds backdoor

    Microsoft, FireEye, and GoDaddy collaborated to create a kill switch for the SolarWinds Sunburst backdoor that forces the malware to axe itself.

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      A Detailed Overview of Security Management in the Cloud

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      By AMSAT Oct 28, 2020

      Security Management in the Cloud

      Overview

      If you are a company looking to get a technological edge over your competitors, cloud computing is something you should never ignore. By virtue of software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), organizations can manage their technology and operations in the cloud, saving time and money while enhancing operational output and growing business capabilities. Nevertheless, managing applications in the cloud also highlights new possible cybersecurity flaws. If you want to protect your business against these threats, you’ll need a strong security management plan for the cloud.

       

      Security management in the cloud is a set of plans intended to let a business use cloud applications and networks to their greatest potential while restricting potential threats and flaws. This is often done with several independent strategies, such as:

       

      Identifying and evaluating cloud services. First, you ought to spend time recognizing which cloud products and services are being employed in your organization, and which ones might be considered in the future. Afterward, you’ll need to evaluate and review those items, examining their security and potential flaws.

       

      Inspecting and fine-tuning native security settings. Within each application, you’ll have complete control of your own secrecy and security settings. It’s on your cloud security team to appreciate which settings are available, and exploit them to provide your organization the highest level of security possible.

       

      Encoding data. In several cases, you’ll need to go the extra mile to prevent data loss and preserve data integrity by encoding your data and protecting your connections. It’s your responsibility to allow genuine network traffic and block wary traffic.

       

      Managing devices. Cloud applications let you decrease the amount of physical infrastructure you retain, but you and your employees will still be accessing data and services with particular devices. You’ll need some way to manage and supervise those devices to ensure only approved devices can access your data.

       

      Dealing with users. Likewise, you’ll need to consider user-level controls. Set up differing levels of user permissions, to limit access to your most appreciated or sensitive information, and change user permissions as essential to let secure access.

       

      Reporting. It’s also significant to oversee cloud activity from a high level, and report on that activity so you can better appreciate your risks and continuing operations.

       

      Comprehensive Security Management in the Cloud

      IT and security staff members regularly face trouble handling all these plans at the same time, mostly with the sheer number of cloud applications and services used by a today’s organizations. Large organizations depend on hundreds, and occasionally thousands of diverse cloud-based services, making it almost impossible to easily apply steady security settings or supervise the use of those applications all at once.

       

       

      That’s why it’s significant to employ the use of a complete security management tool, intended for cloud security. With the right platform, you can putatively manage and supervise all your cloud applications and gateways simultaneously, all from one central location.

       

      Cloud Email Security

      When you want to defend your organization against malicious threats and loss of data, email security plays a vital role. With 90pc of hacking attacks starting as email-based attacks, email security must be a top priority for any organization. AMSAT’s Proofpoint email security solution supports cloud, hybrid and on-premise installations with virtual or physical appliances. It provides protection against repetitive threats like spam, viruses, ransomware, phishing and impostor email while also delivering the secure cloud email services an organization needs to respond to new security challenges.

       

      AMSAT’s cloud email security technology delivers up-to-date defense while removing the intricacy and cost of on-premises offerings, and delivering flexible and granular email security controls.

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