Cloud Security alert: Half of Enterprise database are left Unencrypted

Cloud Security has become a major priority to boardrooms these days. But a research says that many firms are still slacking over it. Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 study says that most of the high profile breaches involving public cloud environments have been due to user negligence.

Unit 42 researchers say that 32 percent of organizations publicly exposed at least one cloud storage device and 43 percent of databases still remain unencrypted. What’s more interesting is that 32Pc of GDPR compliance checks fail. And as the California Consumer Privacy Act is still in discussions stage, organizations have a lot of work to do in this regard.

From the past few months, the cryptocurrency world has become sluggish due to the diminishing value of the digital currency and better detection capabilities. So, crypto-jacking has turned to be less lucrative to hackers and so cyber crooks hitting cloud platforms to generate currency might turn into a dull fad in coming years.

Coming to Container adoption, with almost 3/4th of organizations using native or managed Kubernetes orchestration + 25 Pc leveraging managed services in the cloud such as Azure Kubernetes service//Google Kubernetes Engine, the future looks bright to this business genre.

Unit 42 says making 2FA mandatory on privileged user accounts and asking IT teams to block the use of root accounts for ordinary cloud access is vital to secure cloud platforms from all variants of cyber threats.

Finally, the year 2019 will witness an increase in cloud adoption and that’s for sure. So, it’s better to re-examine your firms cloud security posture to ring in the new year with the utmost confidence.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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