What Vulnerabilities do Cloud Apps Pose for Enterprises?
On August 6, 2014 was the latest attack by hackers when a Russian hacker announced that he had just stolen over 1 billion usernames, passwords, and associated email addresses. If what this hacker claims is true, then an estimate of one-third of all Internet users is vulnerable to data loss. This breach raises some questions in people’s minds wondering if one of the username, password, or email address was theirs. This is a reminder to you and enterprises alike to take a look at how you protect your personal identity information (PII) from an attack such as this.
Most enterprises now use an average of 508 cloud-based apps spanning across three-devices for each one of their users, according to a recent survey. This number alone accounts for a mass number of usernames, passwords, and email addresses that are used by enterprises and their employee’s everyday. Therefore, organizations today now rely on cloud-based apps to reduce their operating costs and improve productivity. As cloud-based security improves more enterprises become comfortable storing their mission-critical data in the cloud.
However, as cloud popularity grows, will this bring more attention to hackers trying to steal your PII and other sensitive information for your business? Therefore, it is critical to understand where your company’s storing their data and what vulnerabilities exist in the apps your company uses. The cloud-based apps contain four vulnerabilities: configuration, design, code, and components.
10 TOP Vulnerabilities Of Cloud Apps And What This Means For Company
- Third-party components: Cloud apps now contain third-party and open source components that attract hackers who now take advantage of this technology to steal enterprise data.
- SQL injections: Certain SaaS apps have vulnerabilities that allow hackers to inject malicious SQL statements into one of the app’s fields.
- Database injection: Cloud apps that don’t use SQL are subject to hacker attacks that can bypass authentication, launch denial-of-service attacks, and exfiltrating data.
- Client-safe script injections: Some client-safe scripts allow hackers to inject code into the app that lures users to malicious sites and distributes malware. The hacker places malicious links using cross-site scripting and iFrame injection.
- URL redirects: Certain cloud-based apps are designed in a way that a hacker can get into the middle of the URL path and redirect the user to a different URL. The hacker then uses the malicious code to steal information.
- Disclosure and shared documents: The cloud-based storage apps that allow sharing documents also allows hackers to enter into the sharing function and inadvertently disclose a document and sends it to an unintended recipient.
- Encrypted and Unencrypted channels: Some cloud-based apps use an encrypted channel to upload and an unencrypted channel to download. This leaves the app vulnerable to hacker attacks and receiving the unencrypted data downloaded to the client.
- Misconfigured IaaS settings: The infrastructure as a service leads to data exposure when not configured correctly. If one of the key settings or configuring the bucket as public is overlooked this can lead to public exposure of your contents inside the logical container.
- IaaS and PaaS authentication: When a company doesn’t use multi-factor authentication in their IaaS and PaaS this can expose their administration console. The hacker can easily hijack credentials from source code hosting provider Code Spaces that will literally put a company out of business.
- Weak Cryptography: Cloud-based apps use an SSL protocol that encrypts the communication between the user’s device and the servers. If your server is configured with a weak encryption this can leave your apps vulnerable to brute force hacking attacks.