Advancements in cloud technology have completely changed the way organizations use, store, process, and share data, applications, and software. Cloud environments tend to be more cost-efficient and time-efficient…so why wouldn’t you put your data in the cloud?
Because so many organizations are putting so much sensitive data into cloud environments, they have inevitably become targets for malicious attackers. New security vulnerabilities are consistently being discovered and, in a vicious cycle, traditional security vulnerabilities still show up in cloud environments. In response to the ever-growing threat landscape, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has created industry-wide standards for cloud security.
Their report, “The Treacherous 12 – Top Threats to Cloud Computing + Industry Insights,” arms cloud users and cloud providers with guidance on risk mitigation for their cloud strategies. Based on research from the CSA Top Threats Working Group, the CSA determined the following 12 risks for cloud security to be the most critical issues.