Cloud Breaches: A looming threat

Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 21-05-2024 22:09 IST | Created: 21-05-2024 22:09 IST
Cloud Breaches: A looming threat

Cloud-related breaches have become a primary battleground in the ongoing cyberwar, with attackers constantly devising new methods to infiltrate cloud environments and steal sensitive data, disrupt operations, and extract ransom.

The latest CrowdStrike 2024 Global Threat Report highlights a staggering 75% increase in cloud intrusions. Adversaries are increasingly employing identity-based techniques to infiltrate, persist, and escalate their privileges in cloud environments.

According to the CrowdStrike 2024 Global Threat Report, CrowdStrike Counter Adversary Operations (CAO) observed a 75% increase in cloud intrusions.  Adversaries leveraged identity-based techniques to gain access, persist and escalate privileges in cloud environments.

In a recent survey by cybersecurity firm Tenable, 95% of the 600 organizations surveyed reported experiencing cloud-related breaches within the past 18 months.

These alarming statistics underscore the urgent need for organizations to prioritize robust cloud security strategies.


The consequences of a cloud breach can be devastating and far-reaching. These include:

  • Financial Losses:  Data breaches often lead to substantial financial repercussions, including regulatory fines, data recovery costs, and potential lawsuits.
  • Reputational Damage:  A security breach can significantly damage a company's reputation, leading to lost customer trust and potential business opportunities as privacy-conscious consumers turn away.
  • Intellectual Property Theft:  Breaches can result in the theft of sensitive information such as trade secrets and product blueprints, giving competitors an unfair advantage.
  • Operational Disruption: A cloud breach can disrupt critical business operations, leading to downtime, productivity losses, and customer service disruptions.


Mitigating the risk of cloud breaches requires a multi-pronged approach, encompassing proactive security measures, vigilant monitoring, and ongoing user awareness. 

  • Security First approach: Security should be prioritized from the outset, embedded throughout the cloud adoption process. Integrate security best practices into every stage, from infrastructure design and configuration to application development and deployment.
  • Cloud Security Tools: Leverage built-in security features offered by cloud providers, such as identity and access management (IAM), encryption, and activity monitoring, while exploring additional security solutions to enhance protection.
  • Minimize Permissions: The principle of least privilege dictates that users should only have the access levels necessary to perform their roles. Implement granular access controls to minimize the potential damage caused by compromised credentials or malicious insiders.
  • Educate Your Workforce: Employees are a critical line of defense against cyber threats. Regular security awareness training programs can equip your employees with the knowledge and skills to identify suspicious activity, avoid phishing scams, and adhere to secure cloud usage practices.
  • Patch and Update Regularly: Software vulnerabilities are a common entry point for attackers. Maintain a rigorous patch management process to ensure timely application and operating system updates are applied within your cloud environment.
  • Monitor and Respond: Continuous monitoring of cloud activity logs is essential for identifying suspicious behavior and potential breaches. Invest in security information and event management (SIEM) solutions to streamline threat detection and incident response procedures.
  • Conduct Regular Penetration Testing: Penetration testing, also known as pen testing, simulates real-world attacks to identify and address security vulnerabilities within your cloud environment. Regular pen testing helps uncover weaknesses and allows you to patch them before they can be exploited by malicious actors.
  • Back Up and Recover: Regularly back up critical data to a secure offsite location and maintain a well-rehearsed disaster recovery plan to minimize downtime and data loss in the event of a breach. 

Cloud security is a shared responsibility between cloud providers and organizations leveraging the technology. While providers are responsible for the underlying infrastructure security, organizations must take ownership of securing their data, configurations, and access within the cloud environment.


As the cyberwar continues to escalate, staying ahead of threats is paramount. The power to safeguard our digital frontiers is in our hands, and with diligence and determination, a secure cloud environment is not just a possibility - it’s an achievable reality.

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