6 Cloud Security Trends for 2017 – Part 1

As the rate of cloud adoption continues to rise security remains a key concern for businesses that are considering transitioning to the cloud, which is why it is important to review trends in cloud security at the start of every year.

It’s important that you make security your priority when it comes to cloud adoption, do your research and you will find that security doesn’t have to be the factor that dissuades you from making the move to cloud. In this two-part post we will look at six cloud security trends you should be aware of this year.

Cloud security takes centre stage

In recent years, there have been several publicised cloud security breaches, and many organisations still use this as a roadblock to prevent their organisations from taking advantage of the benefits of cloud computing. There are now more freely available security advice and best practices for organisations and as more is known about how to securely deploy in cloud environments enterprises realise they can operate just as safely in the cloud as they do in their on-premises traditional data centre.

Malware continues to evolve

Hackers are becoming more sophisticated and research has shown that as the world becomes more digitised there is an acceleration of the gap growth between the attackers and the defenders. More and more security vendors offer malware defences, but not all of these vendor’s solutions are completely effective as malware continues to evolve.  It is likely that more attackers will shift to mobile malware this is because most enterprises allow mobile devices to join the corporate internal Wi-Fi networks.

Ransomware on the rise

Ransomware involves someone gaining access to your systems moving around inside the enterprise environment, and then enacting some kind of code or capability that will prevent the company in question from accessing that part of their systems. The attacker will then ask for a ransom to unlock that system, or rerelease the data that they’ve quarantined from the company’s access. Small to Midsize companies are in more danger these days because hackers are no longer interested in where the most money is but rather who the weakest victim is.

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