The Five Warning Signs Your Cloud Has Been Breached

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Anomalies in Privileged User or Administrator Activity

The greatest cause of damage to an enterprise consists of privileged users and administrators whose credentials are compromised or misused. Monitoring privileged account holders for atypical activity has become table stakes for cloud applications. To illustrate, think about the power wielded by account administrators for Salesforce, a hosted Exchange system, or Amazon Web Services. Keeping tabs on atypical (or anomalous) activity safeguards against both account takeover and insider misuse.

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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