cloud vulnerabilities

Chris Swagler | November 17th, 2023


In a groundbreaking revelation, a cybersecurity company has pinpointed the primary source of security vulnerabilities across various sectors – the cloud. Their latest Attack Surface Threat Research, released on September 14, 2023, illuminates the unsettling truth that 80.3% of security vulnerabilities plaguing organizations stem from cloud environments. The report dissects the most prevalent cloud vulnerabilities in security, showcasing a trifecta of culprits: web framework takeover (22.8%), remote access services (20.1%), and IT security and networking infrastructure (17.1%).

A Disturbing Trend: The Impact of New Cloud Services

One disturbing trend emphasized in the study is the profound impact of ever-evolving cloud offerings on an organization’s vulnerability landscape. Astonishingly, over 45% of high-risk, cloud-hosted exposures each month were discovered within new services conspicuously absent from the organization’s attack surface just a month prior. This revelation would be relatively benign if cloud providers maintained stability. However, the cybersecurity company’s research uncovers the unsettling reality that, on average, more than 20% of externally accessible cloud services undergo monthly alterations. This volatility is particularly acute in the transport & logistics and insurance & financial sectors, where organizations grapple with a staggering 27% and 24% monthly cloud service evolution rate, respectively.

Mitigating Cloud Vulnerabilities: A Call to Action

To shield themselves against these ever-mutating cloud vulnerabilities, the cybersecurity company proffers a compelling solution – adopting an attack surface management program. This proactive approach revolves around continuously discovering, prioritizing, and remedying cloud vulnerabilities lurking within an organization’s attack surface.

Their recommendations for mitigation on cloud vulnerabilities include:

  • Real-Time Asset Understanding: Maintain an up-to-the-minute grasp of all internet-accessible assets, encompassing cloud-based systems and services.
  • Regular Cloud Configuration Review: Consistently review and update cloud configurations in alignment with best practices to mitigate security risks effectively.
  • Collaborative Security Approach: Foster robust collaboration between security and DevOps teams, ensuring the secure development and deployment of cloud-native applications.
  • Focus on Critical Vulnerabilities: Prioritize addressing the most critical vulnerabilities and exposures, categorizing them based on their Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) score for severity and Exploit Prediction Scoring System (EPSS) score for likelihood. This strategic focus reduces the susceptibility to successful cyberattacks.

A Shifting Landscape: Cloud’s Role in Cybersecurity

Over the past decade, digital transformation and cloud migration have heralded a new era for businesses of all sizes. Cloud adoption brought many advantages, particularly during the tumultuous COVID-19 pandemic when flexibility and agility were paramount. However, in the security realm, the cloud poses unique challenges that cannot be underestimated.

Safeguarding the cloud and mitigating cloud vulnerabilities demands a fundamentally different approach compared to traditional on-premise infrastructure. Organizations that disregard this task’s gravity risk the core of their operations. As the cybersecurity company’s research underscores, the cloud’s dynamic nature necessitates constant vigilance and strategic adaptation in the ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape.

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