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Cybersecurity in cloud computing is a growing concern for many organizations who use the cloud to store sensitive data of their customers.

In fact, a recent study shows that 94% of organizations are moderately to extremely concerned about cloud security. When asked about what are the biggest security threats facing public clouds, organizations ranked misconfiguration (68%) highest, followed by unauthorized access (58%), insecure interfaces (52%), and hijacking of accounts (50%). 

The “cloud” refers to servers that are accessed over the internet, and the software and databases that run on those servers. By using cloud computing, users and companies don’t have to manage physical servers themselves or run software applications on their own machines.

Anxiety over misconfigurations is well founded. Misconfigurations of cloud security settings are a leading cause of cloud data breaches. Many organizations’ cloud security posture management strategies are inadequate for protecting their cloud-based infrastructure.

The problem is that cloud infrastructure is designed to be easily usable and to enable easy data sharing, making it difficult for organizations to ensure that data is only accessible to authorized parties. Also, organizations using cloud-based infrastructure also do not have complete visibility and control over their infrastructure, meaning that they need to rely upon security controls provided by their cloud service provider (CSP) to configure and secure their cloud deployments.

Since many organizations are unfamiliar with securing cloud infrastructure and often have multi-cloud deployments – each with a different array of vendor-provided security controls – it is easy for a misconfiguration or security oversight to leave an organization’s cloud-based resources exposed to attackers.

Unauthorized access also ranks high on the list of cloud concerns – again, for good reason. Unlike an organization’s on-premises infrastructure, their cloud-based deployments are outside the network perimeter and directly accessible from the public internet.

While this is an asset for the accessibility of this infrastructure to employees and customers, it also makes it easier for an attacker to gain unauthorized access to an organization’s cloud-based resources.

Improperly-configured security or compromised credentials can enable an attacker to gain direct access, potentially without an organization’s knowledge.

Want to learn more? Tonex offers Cloud Security Training Crash Course, a 3-day bootcamp style learning experiences that covers the essential elements of Cloud Security. This includes technical details on information, data, and storage security in the cloud. All aspects of authentication, confidentiality, integrity, availability and security risks and mitigations are also covered.

Bootcamps are ideal for busy professionals who want to stay current in their fields but have limited time to be away from the office.

Additionally, Tonex offers nearly three dozen more courses in Cybersecurity Foundation. This includes cutting edge courses like:

Cybersecurity Fundamentals (2 days)

Electric Grid Cybersecurity Master Certification (4 weeks)

Network Security Training (2 days)

Software Security Training (2 days)

ICS Cybersecurity Training (4 days)

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