5 Top Cloud Security Threats and Tips to Mitigate Them

1. Unauthorized Access to Data

Tips to prevent Poor Access Management

  • Develop a data governance framework for all user accounts. All user accounts should be connected directly to the central directory services like Active Directory that can monitor and revoke access privileges.
  • You can use third-party security tools to regularly pull lists of users, privileges, groups, and roles from cloud service environments. Then your security team can sort and analyze it.
  • You should also keep logging and event monitoring mechanisms in place to detect unauthorized changes and unusual activity.

2. Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks

Tips to tackle DDoS attacks in the cloud

  • Have an excess of bandwidth on your enterprise’s internet connection. The more bandwidth you have, the more hackers must do to flood its connection.
  • Discover vulnerabilities in your system — scan your network and system to determine vulnerabilities with web application scanning tools to find vulnerabilities, which can be exploited to execute DDoS attacks. Implement security controls to fix the detected security issues.
  • Keep a backup internet connection — a backup connection with a separate pool of IP addresses provides an alternate path in case the primary circuit is flooded with requests.
  • Configure WAF rules to filter out the malicious IPs — Configure your WAF firewall with custom rules to monitor and filter out traffic based on your requirements.

3. Cloud Misconfiguration

Tips to Overcome Cloud Misconfiguration Error

  • Get to know your Cloud — Learn all the services, settings, and permissions of your cloud services, and never forgot to leverage the benefits of integrated security features.
  • Modify credentials and permissions — thoroughly check the default credentials and set up multi-factor authentication to ensure an extra layer of security.
  • Regularly audit your cloud asset — Don’t assume that properly configured cloud settings will remain the same for a long time. Proper auditing and monitoring can help you to identify the sign of misconfigurations.
  • Choose the right security solutions — The best cloud security service providers like Indusface can provide a complete package of features, which includes security management, threat detection, and intrusion prevention.

4. Data Leaks and Data Breaches

Tips to avoid the risk of Data Leaks

  • Encrypt Data — Sensitive data should not be in your cloud environment without being encrypted.
  • Change Password — Store all your passwords in a safer place. Be smarter while you choose a password and increase the frequency in which they’ve changed.
  • Set Permissions — Not all employees need the same level of access to your sensitive files. Assign permissions based on a ‘need to know basis to prevent the wrong people from accessing.
  • Educate your staff — Train your staff to prevent them from inadvertently leaking sensitive information.

5. Insecure API

Best Practices for API security

  • Comprehensive authentication & authorization policies — APIs should be designed with tokens, signatures, quotas, encryption, API gateways, etc., to ensure API security.
  • Web Application Firewalls — applies web-based vulnerability exploit defense to APIs in the cloud
  • Choose standard API framework — relay only on APIs which are designed with security in mind. Examine its security aspects and decide whether it is secure enough to integrate 3rd party apps.

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