What are the Top Security Threats to Cloud Computing?

top security threats to cloud computing

Getting ready to jump on the cloud computing bandwagon? If that is the case, it helps if you get your facts straight and you know everything there is to know about cloud computing. After all, embracing the cloud is a big step so it helps if you know everything there is to know about it. For instance, most people already know the benefits of moving files to the cloud storage, but it also pays to know the not-so-great things about it. Below is a list of the top security threats to cloud computing that you need to take into consideration.

Data Breaches – Several months ago, there was news of a massive breach concerning Target which meant that millions of people had their personal and credit card information stolen. This was one of the biggest breaches in the processing and storage of data on the cloud. According to experts, the fact that Target stored their data on the cloud opened them up to attacks.  Data storage is one of the biggest advantages of cloud computing technology but one always has to be ready for data breaches and secure their accounts accordingly.

Loss of Data – Data loss happens as a result of an intrusive or malicious action. This happens when the disc drive goes on the blink without the owners having any backups and usually occurs when the owner of the encrypted files loses the key. This was what happened to people using the EC2 cloud service offered by Amazon when their system went through a “remirroring storm” back in 2011. There was nothing sinister about it but it was all due to human error. Of course, precautionary measures need to be taken as well because loss of data can also be due to a malicious attack.

Service Traffic or Account Hijacking – Hijacked accounts may seem to be too simple and elementary to be of any concern to cloud users but according to experts, it happens more often than people think.  The reason for this is something called “phishing,” which is the exploitation of software vulnerabilities as a way to carry out buffer overflow attacks, loss of passwords, etc. When your cloud account is hijacked, there is a strong possibility that a shady character is checking out all your transactions, changing your data, and even sending out damaging responses to customers. Some even use this tactic to drive customers to competitor sites.

APIs that Lack Security – Cloud service providers are at a crossroads because while they want to make the service available to as many people as possible, they also have to limit the damage these anonymous users can do to the system and the service. Their answer came in the form of API or application programming interface that defines how third-party users can use an application in conjunction to the cloud service. With API, users will have to verify their identities and while it works, there is still a long way to go for it to become fool-proof.

Do you understand how these threats could affect you? Have you experienced any of these threats? Share your experiences with cloud computing below!