A recent report by Netskope reveals some shocking threats in the cloud app ecosystem. As cloud apps become more critical for enterprises, IT and telecom managers must maintain vigilance over their environments. Malware can disrupt enterprise networks, lead to loss in revenue, disrupt employee productivity, damage brands, lead to regulatory intervention, and increase operational costs.
The average enterprise uses over 900 cloud apps, and 11% of these are infected with malware. Worse, 75% of the malware on these machines was identified as a high-risk threat to data. It should come as no surprise to learn that 75% of these cloud applications do not comply with the EU’s new GDPR regulations that protect the privacy of citizens.
A cloud app can be infected in a number of ways. Many hackers will crawl search engines looking for specific, exploitable versions of software. This process is called “Google dorking.” It is a surprisingly effective trick; once a target is identified, the hack can be performed in very little time. Many hackers can even gain access through lax network security and sloppy tech support policies. A good outside attacker can use social engineering to gain access to enterprise networks with some charm and a quick story about lost credentials.
Enterprises can do several things to avoid disruptions from malware. First, enterprises should perform threat assessments early and often on cloud application connections. This will ensure that critical business data isn’t being compromised. Second, enterprises need a stringent policy with enforcement mechanisms to ensure that employees update their software – many of these exploits rely on outdated applications. Finally, a strong policy for threat response should be implemented and practiced by IT and telecom stakeholders so that threats can be quickly identified and dealt with appropriately.Tags: data security, mobile security