When it comes to cloud computing environments, security has gotten more complex than ever. There’s a greater number of threat vectors to guard against, a larger perimeter to cover and more configurations to figure out. The sometimes-held assumption that these platforms are inherently secure adds another level of complexity. Along with endpoint security and network security, cloud security is one of the top vulnerabilities for a company, with more attackers than ever targeting cloud environments. As a result, organizations that rely on them are now doubling down on their security efforts.
The impact of cloud security vulnerabilities can be catastrophic, with a trickle-down effect that can threaten privacy, productivity and even profitability. Whether it’s through exposed personal information, failed compliance audits or lost critical data, the damages can be immense. That’s why RedLock’s Cloud Security Intelligence (CSI) team recently undertook a study to examine security across public cloud computing environments and help organizations spot the risks. The results were surprising.
Cloud Security By-The-Numbers
While awareness on the threats of data exposure in the cloud has improved, organizations are still failing to meet key security standards. For example, 45% of organizations failed the CIS Foundations check, while 48% do not meet the PCI data security standard. When these basic standards aren’t being reached, the damage can be great. 19% of the violations reported were marked as “high severity issues” which indicates an elevated level of susceptibility to data exposure.
This highlights the disconnect between organizations’ understanding and action. While they might understand that cloud security is important, they may not realize that protection is their responsibility. Our infographic looks at RedLock’s findings, highlighting some of the latest cloud threats and adding a little perspective of our own.
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For the full paper, which details the cloud threats and gives you tips on how to ward them off, go to Report: Public Cloud Infrastructure Cybersecurity Trends
Download the infographic HERE.