The last few years has seen an increase in attention given to the 1%. While this is usually in the context of wealth inequality and economics, we should be concerned about another 1% as well. According to CloudLock, a cloud security firm, in their Q3 cybersecurity report, three-quarters of the security risk in the cloud can be credited to 1% of cloud users.
The study analyzed millions of users, over 90,000 applications, sifting through a billion files and discovered that 1% of cloud users are responsible for over 60% of cloud application installs.
CloudLock argues that the chink in cloud security armor is its users. While this may be true, those who act maliciously are the ones who continue to make cloud security an issue that all cloud users mustn’t ignore.
The report specifically states, “There has always been a risk associated with unintentional, user-induced risk exposure in the cloud, cybercriminals exacerbate concerns as they look to exploit users, often by employing increasingly clever spear phishing tactics to compromise credentials and gain access to corporate environments.”
Gil Zimmermann, co-founder and current CEO of CloudLock feels that the security risks associated with the cloud can be minimized by allowing active users to become a part of the security process.
According to Zimmermann, “Cyber-attacks today target your users, not your infrastructure.’”
Additionally, security risks will be reduced when companies wake up and see that vulnerable users are the main target of cyber criminals. Luckily, those involved in tech security are becoming more aware of this and are working to shift their engineering focus to cloud users.
Cloud computing security has long been a point of contention when discussing whether a company should operate in the cloud. Chances are this will continue as both cloud security and those who desire secured data are both becoming more sophisticated. If you’re looking to incorporate enterprise cloud computing solutions into your business and want to ensure it’s done securely, contact the cloud computing experts at Innovative Architects today and we will help plan your cloud system.