Robert Agar

Robert Agar

I am a freelance writer who graduated from Pace University in New York with a Computer Science degree in 1992. Over the course of a long IT career I have worked for a number of large service providers in a variety of roles revolving around data storage and protection. I currently reside in northeastern Pennsylvania where I write from my home office.

The Growing Risk of Cybersecurity Threats in the Cloud

The IT world continues to migrate more of its workflow to cloud providers and there is no indication that this pattern will slow down anytime soon. A cloud presence presents a new avenue through which a corporation’s data resources can be attacked by cybercriminals. While some of the risks are essentially the same as with an on-premises data center, there are additional factors that need to be considered when cloud instances are in play.

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Misconfigured IaaS Implementations Results in Vulnerable Systems

According to research by the Gartner Group, the worldwide public cloud services market is expected to grow to over $266 billion in 2020. This represents a 17% increase compared to spending in 2019. While software as a service (SaaS) is the largest market segment, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is growing faster than any other component of the cloud computing paradigm. It is expected to reach $50 billion in 2020 with 24% yearly growth. These numbers illustrate the fact that many enterprises are trusting their infrastructure with public cloud providers.

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Ransomware Attacks Extend to the Cloud

Malware is not a new phenomenon in the computing world. Viruses, trojans, and other forms of malicious software have been around at least since personal computers started popping up on users’ desks. It’s the reason that antivirus software is recommended for all systems and why you should never open a suspicious file or email attachment. Doing so risks infection by damaging software hidden in the downloaded files.

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