The Five Warning Signs Your Cloud Has Been Breached

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Irregular Access Locations and Logins

When a user or program accesses an application from unexpected geographical locations, this is another indicator that an attacker is pulling strings by hopping around different locations. Typically, this type of hopping is done as a masquerade; the attacker is actually stationary. When you combine access from diverse geographical locations with rapid successive logins to your cloud application, this is a marker of pending trouble. A particularly strong indicator of compromise consists of irregular geographical access, rapid successive logins, and outbound network traffic going to a location where your enterprise usually doesn't conduct business.

With ever-increasing sophistication and frequency of attacks, rapidly detecting signs of breaches and insider activities is critical for any enterprise. According to recent research by IBM and Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a data breach for a company has increased 23 percent over the past two years, costing $3.79 million.

Cloud applications with a black-box approach are particularly challenging for enterprises to secure. Hence, enterprises are constantly looking for breadcrumbs or early warning signs to get ahead of the game. Organizations need to ask themselves, "What are the telltale signs of a threat in the cloud?"

In this slideshow, Palerra has identified the top five key indicators of threats to cloud apps that organizations need to monitor (in no particular order).


Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

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