Cloud attacks are one of the main concerns of security officers for 2017. We could see the attack on a major provider and the infection of data centers with ransomware. < / p>

 

93% of organizations are concerned about cloud security. This data is taken from the survey conducted by Check Point Software Technologies about the main concerns of IT professionals regarding security.

In addition, the security company points to the two most relevant trends in security and threats in the cloud for 2017 . First, he believes that we could attend the attack on a major cloud provider. As he explains, as entities store data and migrate production workloads to the cloud, the chances of a great attack.

Warns that an incident of this kind can profoundly affect the activity of companies. For example, remember the five-hour interruption that Amazon Web Services (AWS) suffered in September 2015. < / p>

Also, review the emergence of a new «mass interruption weapon» against larger targets. Thus, he explains that the Internet of Things devices and their vulnerabilities are a reef for cybercriminals. In this regard, he points out that AWS already has a DDoS attack protection service, called AWS Shield.

Check Point also believes that this year we could see the infection of data centers in the cloud through ransomware. The security firm notes that the increase in companies that resort to public clouds and private will lead to an increase in this type of assault. And these attacks will occur in the form of encrypted files that will be extended from cloud to cloud or through hackers that will use the cloud as a volume multiplier. > In addition, its cloud security study reveals that more than 80% of cybersecurity professionals are worried about ransomware.

The company states that cloud-based data centers are a priority objective for ransomware because they contain very important and lucrative information . In addition, traditional security solutions do not adapt to the dynamic nature of these data centers in the cloud, since advanced security is not usually implemented. Additionally, the shared responsibility model of Public cloud providers provide a false sense of security to customers. And Check Point indicates that the growth of specific ransomware for the offensive against cloud data centers will be an added risk.

It should be remembered that this type of malware encrypts the victim’s files and kidnaps them until a ransom is paid, but can also be done with the control of the files stored in the cloud. Check Point warns that although companies usually have an antivirus on their server, it is usually insufficient. Thus, in order to protect files in the cloud, it recommends backing up data, having a disaster recovery plan (DRP) and implementing prevention solutions against advanced attacks in cloud environments. < / strong>