Cyber-criminals and hackers are increasingly attacking cloud infrastructure, which they see as a “fruit bearing jackpot” as more organisations are making use of the public cloud to store their data than ever before, a security company claims. While organisations are embracing the cloud, a report by security-as-a-service provider Alert Logic suggests that IT decision makers shouldn’t assume that data they store off-premises is harder to acquire.
The company warns there has been a 45% increase in application attacks against cloud deployments.
Alert Logic bases its findings on an analysis of one billion events in the IT environments of more than 3,000 of its customers between January 1st and December 31st 2014, which revealed more that 800,000 security incidents.
One of the key findings was an increase in attack frequency on organisations that store their infrastructure in the cloud.
“This is not surprising,” says the Alert Logic Cloud Security Report. “Production workloads, applications and valuable data and shifting to cloud environments and so are attacks.
“Hackers, like everyone else, have a limited amount of time to complete their job,” the report continues, adding “They want to invest their time and resources into attacks that will bear the most fruit: businesses using cloud environments are largely considered that fruit bearing jackpot.”
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