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April 24, 2014

Criminals Increasingly Attack Cloud Providers

Techworld — The number of cyberattacks directed at cloud infrastructure is still below that experienced by on-premises data centres but will probably reach parity at some point, an analysis by security-as-a-service provider Alert Logic has suggested.

The firm's Cloud Security Report [reg required] looked at 232,364 verified security incidents at 2,212 organizations in North America and Western Europe over a 6-month period last year using the firm's own intrusion system, finding a predictable rise in attacks across all environments.

The top attack types for cloud hosting providers (CHPs), which formed 80 percent of the sample, centred on brute force attacks on credentials and scans for vulnerable software, both seen by seen by 44 percent of its customers. This find is significant because for the first time the numbers roughly match the percentage of customers reporting such incidents in on on-premises data centres.

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http://www.cio.com/article/751924/Criminals_Increasingly_Attack_Cloud_Providers