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Phishing and Malware Attacks Remain Top Cloud Security Risks

Hackers have, for years, relied on smart, automated technology to break into highly secure areas. And now, organizations are fighting fire with fire via cloud security applications that leverage the power of automation.

Enterprise security teams are almost always thinking about risks associated with phishing attacks, malware, ransomware, and unauthorized cloud applications. What’s showing promise in reducing that risk is installing automated threat monitoring and patching software.

The Latest Stats

Oracle and KPMG released a report this year called the Cloud Threat Report 2019and found that 92% of respondents said they are concerned that people with access to their data are violating security policies in regard to cloud-based applications.

Nearly 70% of organizations are aware that there have been many unapproved cloud applications developed, which indicates that employees see the value of cloud-based applications, but are side-stepping security concerns in the process. This can leave an organization open to attack, and it happens often.

Obviously, people are aware of the existing problems, and now it’s time to work through tighter security protocols and with technology to get the situation under control.

Phishing Is Enemy Number One

Despite the fact that phishing attacks have been around for years, it seems people are slow to learn because cybercriminals continue to find success there. In fact, phishing attacks rank as the top risk for organizations.

Hackers are really going after chief financial officers and IT technicians, and more than one-quarter of organizations surveyed said they had been attacked via email phishing, so make sure these individuals know what to look for.

Malware also has not lost its luster for cybercriminals who still profit using this type of attack. They’re using email to trick people into opening links that allow attackers access to pretty much anything they want. Again, educate your employees so they know what to look for.

Knowing Where Responsibility Lies

With any on-premise hardware and software, the organization that owns it is solely responsible for updating the security programs and maintaining the equipment. But when cloud-based solutions come into the mix, the responsibility can get a little hazy. In most cases, there is a shared responsibility, but ultimately, your data is going to be your priority.

You will still be responsible for monitoring security alerts in the cloud environment. Patching is also an aspect some organizations aren’t aware of is their responsibility. Additionally, and this is important, user authentication responsibilities must be carefully attended to, as this is one of the most abused areas that allow hackers a way into your sensitive information.

At Net Tel One Communications, we’re committed to getting our clients in touch with the cloud security solutions that will keep them safe from the constant attacks from cybercriminals that want to exploit any and every weakness they can find. Contact us and we’ll discuss our services and how you can benefit from them.

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