March 1, 2023

Is your cloud security at risk? Is a back door open to hackers?

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Hackers never stop looking for a back door. Never. It’s where your company stores your data — a big asset for you, a big opportunity for criminals. Cloud solutions, private or public, are never totally safe. According to a report from Verizon, nearly 13% of all data breaches are caused by errors in the configuration of cloud storage. Even if proper configuration is an easy fix (if you know who to ask for help!), there are still plenty of other cloud security risks you need to know how to mitigate. Let’s take a look:

The top cloud security risks you need to know how to mitigate

Data breaches

Hackers are constantly in search of data they can use for their own gain – and cloud-based systems are a target-rich environment for them. Since cloud solutions are available via the internet, they have inherent security risks. If left unmitigated, your company’s data could be easily targeted and exploited by hackers.

Here’s just some of the ways you can mitigate data breaches for optimal cloud security:

  • Make two-factor authentication and encryption mandatory for your organization. While 2FA may be annoying and a hassle for your employees, not having it enabled could be disastrous. (Ignore ten days of whining. They’ll get used to it.)
  • In the unfortunate event of a data breach, change local and network administrator passwords immediately. Regularly changing passwords should be part of sensible security protocol regardless, but immediate action is absolutely necessary when a breach occurs.
  • Create a protocol where logging in is centralized. This will allow for better investigations for any incident that should occur.


Verizon’s Data Breach Investigation Report shows over 30% of cyber incidents involve some sort of malware. It’s still a major risk factor you must mitigate with cloud security. Attackers will use scripts (or code) to eavesdrop, steal data, or compromise the integrity of sensitive information. The level of malevolent sophistication has evolved — the malware you had to worry about in 2012 is vastly different from what you face today. Today, hackers are turning to backdoor or command and control (C&C) malware to gain access via email or social media links and then, once inside, download additional malware undetected.

Here’s the bare minimum needed to mitigate malware for optimal cloud security:

  • Constant vigilance. Always be monitoring all accounts and account access.
  • Ensure firewalls are used and (almost as important) always updated.
  • Good training! Make sure your employees know healthy browsing and downloading habits.

Advanced Persistent Threats

With Advanced Persistent Threats (APT), hackers will focus on targeting a small subset of your organization in a staged approach. Typically this will involve some sort of social engineering (phishing is a popular technique) to gain information from insiders. They will use this information to go deeper into your organization over a long period of time and gather more information along the way until they can attack and gain access.

To avoid APT, here’s how you mitigate the risks:

  • Training and education. Ensure your employees understand and can identify and avoid phishing techniques.
  • Adopt proactive security measures. Your IT teams should be constantly monitoring and looking for anomalies in your systems.

Hackers will always attempt new ways to open a back door, so your cloud security processes must continue to evolve

The top cloud security risks we listed here (data breaches, malware, and APT) are just the tip of the iceberg. There are countless other ways hackers can gain access to your company’s data. You need a wise partner who can help you adapt and transform your business with secure, cloud-based systems and services. FiberWave, a proven partner, can help you mitigate risks. Talk with us today to see how.