The rapid migration to the cloud by enterprises/institutions is aimed at bringing in more efficiency and streamlining functioning. The current scenario is such that cloud is assisting big and small enterprises and institutions in enhancing their potential and revenue. Though the shift to the the cloud has helped these enterprises streamline management of data, the cloud security concerns still remain untouched and appear to be a big challenge for these enterprises to combat. Switch to cloud comes with its own set of challenges and security breaches. Read on to know about necessary evils that will come along with cloud solutions.
Threat 1: Breaches Aimed at Accessing Data
Unlike traditional networks, cloud networks too are susceptible to threats such as forced breach attempts, data breaches and more. Cloud accommodates massive data and therefore is more vulnerable to the attacks targeted by hackers to access sensitive information. Personal, financial, administration and other crucial information is stored on cloud, which makes it an attractive target for hackers. Access to essential information can intensify the damages and can cripple your network and functioning. To eliminate the potential threat cloud providers install multiple cloud security mechanisms such as encryption and authentication to protect the data.
Threat 2: Easy to Crack Authentication Levels
All the attacks and breaches are the result of weak authentication processes, weak passwords, and poor management. An organization must invest its resources and intelligence in consolidating the authentication and certification processes in order to eliminate these threats. Organizations often provide access to multiple users which increase the number of pathways to access the data, which also weakens the security mechanism. Organizations also forget to shut the inactive user accounts, which can also prove to be a potential threat for them. Cloud users can opt for authentication systems such as phone-based authentication, smart card protect services and one-time passwords that strengthen the security mechanism.
Threat No. 3: Hacked APIs and Interfaces
Cloud security service and application offers APIs that are used by the IT staff for interaction and management. The APIs security directly affects the security mechanisms that are based on authentication and encryption. The threat gets intensified with weak APIs and interfaces. Interfaces and APIs are highly exposed components of a network and can be easily accessed over the internet, which is why they need to be secured at any cost.
Threat No. 4: Immune Cloud Network from Account Hijacking
Though cloud offers multiple security mechanisms, but it is still susceptible to hijacking. Cloud networks too are hijacked and hackers manipulate and process the data the way they want to. Once hijacked, attackers can use the cloud applications to blast off other attacks. Limiting the users by providing the log-in details to a trusted batch will to some extent diminish the probability of hijacking.
Cloud computing comes with its own batch of advantages and disadvantages. Enterprises and institutions who are switching to cloud with their massive data base need to combat the necessary evils that come attached with the cloud security in order to enhance the potential of cloud and strengthen it.