Why Cloud Computing Cyber Security Risks Are On The Rise: Report
By Jean Baptiste Su for www.forbes.com
Computer security company Skybox Security released the mid-year update to its 2019 Vulnerability and Threat Trends Report, analyzing the vulnerabilities, exploits, and threats in play over the first half of 2019, and among the key findings of the report is the rapid growth of vulnerabilities in cloud containers.
In a nutshell, cloud containers are lightweight and lower overhead virtual machines (VMs) that can be used to replace traditional VMs in many cloud computing deployments because of their speed and simplicity. However, such ease of deployment can lead to security lapses with old container images including known vulnerabilities quickly replicated and deployed throughout a public, private or hybrid cloud infrastructure.
“Cloud technology and adoption has obviously skyrocketed, so it’s no surprise that vulnerabilities within cloud technology will increase,” said Skybox Director of Threat Intelligence Marina Kidron. “What is concerning, though, is that as these are published, the race is on for attackers to develop an exploit because launching a successful attack on a container could have much broader consequences. Compared to other technology, containers can be more numerous and quickly replicated. The attack footprint could expand rapidly, and a number of victims may be extremely high.”