Cloud or on-premise IT infra, attackers don't really discriminate

For all those wondering which is safer - cloud or on-premise, the verdict is in. Both are equally vulnerable. Research compiled for the latest Alert Logic State of Cloud Security Report showed an increase in attacks on both cloud and on-premises IT environments. And while the company maintains that the cloud is no less secure than on-premises infrastructures-attack types that more commonly targeted on-premises are now making their way to the cloud.

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"The increase in cloud attacks that we observed is most likely correlated to the growth of cloud adoption in the enterprise," said Stephen Coty, Director of Threat Research at Alert Logic. "As more enterprise workloads have moved into cloud and hosted infrastructures, some traditional on-premises infrastructure threats have followed them. This reinforces the necessity for enterprise-grade security solutions specifically designed to protect cloud environments."

According to a report by Forbes, Coty says out that attacks seem to be increasing across all environments, and, "in parallel, the types of attacks experienced in the cloud are increasingly consistent with the types of attacks experienced in on-premises environments. Our hypothesis is that the reason for this convergence is the fact that traditional enterprise workloads are increasingly moving to the cloud."

The explanation for this lies in the fact that a major security exposure for many enterprises is shadow IT, in which clouds are adopted outside the purview of IT, and thus not vetted for corporate standards and security, Coty adds. 'Security consciousness and standards need to be raised throughout the enterprise to balance the value of the cloud with the requirements of good security and compliance. An organisation's security posture must extend from edge devices to the heart of the business-the datacentre-whether that data center is on-premises, within the cloud, or hybrid," explains Coty in the report.

Published Date: Apr 25, 2014 02:54 pm | Updated Date: Apr 25, 2014 02:54 pm