Cloud computing is the latest buzz in the domain of technology for its amazing benefits and convenience for computing. It is getting a lot of limelight and attention as it provides a host of benefits to a PC user and offers improved means of data storage with enhanced security and convenient access. But, remember that it also has its downsides and you must understand its disadvantages before choosing the cloud computing option.
An independent agency has identified some threats for the security of cloud computing in 2013. These threats have become important as challenges for PC security is getting more and more serious day-by-day that can destroy data and programs stored on your PC. So you are recommended to first understand the threats of cloud technology before deploying this new and modern way of computing.
Below discussed are 5 leading threats to cloud computing security:
1. Data Breach
An attacker targeting your PC first of all tries to find out the design flaw and use the same for intruding your PC and data stored thereon. Such design breaches in the cloud service database can lead to severe data breaches destroying not only individual data but also the client’s data.
It was manifested and highlighted by the agency that such breaches can cause serious data outages that can bring businesses to a standstill.
2. Data Loss
Another major threat to the cloud computing environment is data loss. Losing data is considered a major issue as data plays an important role in today’s business and even individual’s life. In cloud computing, users sometimes see their data disappear and they remain helpless in restoring them. The unfortunate end of the entire episode is that if data is once deleted or lost there are almost no chances of getting them back. Apart from the data loss caused by hacking, businesses can also lose data because of the careless cloud service provider when it is left unencrypted.
3. Service Traffic Hijacking
Service Traffic Hijacking is a newly coined term which means that an attacker acquires access to your credentials or he can eavesdrop on your web activities and transactions which you undertake online. It also refers to a situation in which you are returned with false information and your clients are redirected to illegitimate sites. Because of the service traffic hijacking, your account or services may be a renewed target for hijackers. So this is one of the major security challenges caused by cloud computing.
4. Insecure Interfaces and APIs
In most cases, interfaces are chosen by IT administrators today for managing and monitoring cloud. Moreover, they also use API as an integral component of security and other services. Once these services are built up, organizations also implement add-on elements. This increases the complexity of the API and in turn increases security risk. The increased use of insecure interfaces and API by IT administrators has thus multiplied the security risk in the cloud computing environment.