2020 was the tipping point. For the first time, IDC's security surveys showed that the amount of
corporate data in the cloud surpassed the amount of corporate data on premises. Additionally, the
majority of compute now lives in the cloud as 53% of workloads are found in IaaS.
Regrettably, hackers are following the data to the cloud; over the past two years, a typical organization
has experienced 2.0 cloud breaches that required "significant extra resources to rectify."
1 Much like
breaches in on-premises environments, breaches in IaaS cloud environments are the result of
numerous factors. The predominant factors in IaaS cloud breaches include advanced malware
(17.7%), lack of sufficient security tools (17.7%), compromised credentials (14.6%), misconfiguration
of IaaS environment (14.3%), unpatched vulnerability (13.9%), insider threat (13.3%), and zero-day
vulnerability (8.5%). Moral of the story: As the market transitions to the cloud, hackers also moved their
focus to the cloud, so we must be diligent in ensuring the security of data.
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