Top 5 Worst Cloud Computing Security Threats

The cloud is developing quickly and new services are rising apparently daily. Isn’t that a great news for enterprises? Yes, it is for all those enterprises who need to accomplish objectives quickly and effortlessly than they had before, however, it also makes security something of a moving target. Cloud security threats, to both cloud-based and on-site solutions, can originate from internal or external sources, and can start as human or programming based assaults.

IBM is remaining on top of cloud security with various alternatives to lessen threats, but it’s still beneficial for enterprises to know about the biggest risks that are out there.

Below given is a list of common security threats to cloud-based environments and techniques that can be used to alleviate them. Take a look;

Data Loss

Data loss may happen in myriad ways, one of them is when a disk drive is harmed and passes on subsequently. Without a backup, it’s harder to recover the drive’s content. Another way it can happen is when the key to unlocking encrypted data is lost. The worst kinds are those that occur as a result of an intended attack, where programmers and malicious elements drive their way into the cloud to eradicate important and confidential enterprise data.

Serious break in interfaces and APIs

Cloud computing users have smooth access to a complete set of programming interfaces or APIs and execute internal communication with cloud services. These APIs plays an important part during provisioning, organization, management, and checking of the procedures running in the cloud environment. The use of discrete VLAN’s for API and management traffic is the best technique for moderating this risk.

Insider threats and attacks

These kind of assaults and breaches are done because of the absence of transparency into the cloud supplier mechanism and methodology. Any exterior command over the level of access could prompt to different enemies like corporate hacking and composed business threats in the domain of business verticals.

Insufficient Authorization

This attack happens when unapproved levels of access are settled to an attacker in mistake. This can occur from weak validation vulnerabilities identified with weak passwords or shared accounts. The best assurance against this threat incorporates both logical and physical security controls. Logical controls comprises of administrative policies, for example, password policies, use firewalls and keep them updated, and auditing of systems. Physical controls incorporate keeping system equipment in locked spaces with controlled access.

SQL Injection

This type of attack is coordinated towards trying to compromise or gain control over database servers and databases. It ordinarily takes profit of form type data being sent from a customer, for example, a web program to an application database server. The attacker alters “injects” their own SQL orders into the information being sent to the server, keeping in mind the end goal to gain power of the server, or force the server to reveal data within the database.


Cloud computing services are exposed to many threats. The use of recognized and verified mitigation strategies should be applied in order to get secure of threats. Keeping the above given common threats in mind, just use on-site services of cloud computing safely.

Author Bio:

Varun Sharma is a Co-Founder at KVR WebTech Pvt. Ltd., one of the fastest growing SEO Service Providers in Singapore. He analyses Digital Marketing strategies, trends and practices emphasizing on Mobile, SEO, Social Media and Content Marketing. You can follow them on Twitter and Facebook.


About Ng Wei Khang

Ng Wei Khang, CEO at a Singapore based IT consultancy company, APIXEL IT Support, has been operational for over 8 years from now. Apixel provides fixed price IT Support Services with unlimited packages that includes small business server setup, Cloud Solution Configuration, Network management and Data security & Theft prevention. The company also provides expert IT consultancy to SMEs in Singapore.

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