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Data breaches, misconfiguration and inadequate change control and lack of cloud security architecture and strategy top the list of major security risks faced by organisations globally, according to a newly published survey from the Cloud Security Alliance.

According to CSA’ Jon-Michael C. Brook, co-chair of the company’s Top Threats Working Group - Top Threats to Cloud Computing: The Egregious Eleven – new top-ranking items in the survey are more nuanced, and suggest “a maturation of security professionals’ understanding of the cloud, and the emerging issues that are harder to address as infrastructure becomes more secure and attackers more sophisticated”.

“The new issues highlighted in this version of the report are inherently specific to the cloud and suggest a technology landscape where security professionals are actively considering cloud migration.

“We hope this Top Threats report raises organisational awareness of the top security issues that require more industry attention and research, ensuring that they are taken into consideration when budgeting for cloud migration and security.”

CSA says this year’s report on threats to cloud computing differs from past iterations most noticeably in that many “traditional cloud security issues that fall to cloud service providers (CSPs) — denial of service, shared technology vulnerabilities, CSP data loss and system vulnerabilities — and which featured in the previous ‘Treacherous 12’, have dropped off the list.

According to CSA this suggests that traditional security issues are either being well addressed or “are no longer perceived as a significant business risk of cloud adoption, while those that are the result of senior management decisions around cloud strategy and implementation are of increasing concern”.

“The complexity of cloud can be the perfect place for attackers to hide, offering concealment as a launchpad for further harm,” said John Yeoh, Global Vice President/Research for CSA.

“Unawareness of the threats, risks and vulnerabilities makes it more challenging to protect organizations from data loss. The security issues outlined in this iteration of the Top Threats report, therefore, are a call to action for developing and enhancing cloud security awareness, configuration and identity management.”

The latest report from CSA highlights the so-called ‘Egregious Eleven’ (ranked in order of significance) as:

1. Data Breaches
2. Misconfiguration and inadequate change control
3. Lack of cloud security architecture and strategy
4. Insufficient identity, credential, access and key management
5. Account hijacking
6. Insider threat
7. Insecure interfaces and APIs
8. Weak control plane
9. Metastructure and applistructure failures
10. Limited cloud usage visibility
11. Abuse and nefarious use of cloud services

 

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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