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Highlighting the common threats to Data Centre security

Networking Security

As we approach 2019 Data Centres have increasingly evolved to provide virtually infinite flexibility and scalability to support the changing strategic goals and operating needs of their organisations.  However, like any technology, there would always be security concerns that need to be safeguarded & tested against industry threats.

Here we outline some of the main causes of security breaches and what preventive measures are undertaken.

Poorly configured infrastructure

The beauty of the cloud infrastructure is the speed and simplicity with which new functions, components & services can be added. Without an blanket security strategy it is easy to introduce vulnerabilities and gaps that could be left vulnerable to committed hackers.

In many cases, configuration errors can occur caused mainly by human error, inexperience and a lack of planning. Cloud consoles have been designed with simplicity in mind enabling them to be operated by any experienced IT professional without specific knowledge of the platform. So although understanding of cloud environments have been made simpler it is still easy to make (costly) mistakes.

Device Connections

The number of connected devices on networks worldwide has grown at a rapid pace exposing Data Centers to more end points than ever before. Gartner estimates that the number of the IoT (Internet of Things) will grow at a 32.9% CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) between 2015 and 2020, resulting in 4.4 billion cross-industry units by 2020.

A growing number of Data Center consultants across the globe are stressing the importance of  IoT gateways, this undoubtedly  coincides with the rapid explosion of connected “things” that have occurred over the last half a decade.

IoT Gatesways are an increasing requirement within Networks as more corporations are Transitioning to the Cloud.  IoT gateways mitigate breach risks with several preliminary security steps  before sending it data onwards.

Ransomware

Ransomware is dominating the malware market. Due to it’s infamous success, more campaigns are being launched. According to AV-TEST’s security report, its database counted over 570 million malware programs.

Malware continues to be an effective (and profitable) tool for compromising company networks. The cloud offers some additional protections, but it too is still vulnerable.

Companies practising regular refresher training courses, skills audits, and strong disciplinary procedures cover the minimum requirements for preventing the majority of human initiated failures.

Cultural problems

One of the biggest cloud security challenges faced is not technical either. Over 40% of businesses & organisations believe that over privileged users (people with administrator-level access) present a major cyber security threat.

Poor password habits, along with repetitive use of credentials,  incompetence & even malicious behaviour. All these contribute to one of the biggest security threats to your cloud platform coming from within your business.

Incomplete disaster recovery provisioning

The vast nature of the cloud platform adds a far greater degree of robustness than traditional on-site Data Centres, however many CTOs over estimate the disaster recovery provisions included within the Cloud infrastructure itself.  Yes, data stored within cloud platforms are wholly synchronised to create an exact copy backups. However without additional hybrid backup techniques,recovery protocols cloud subscription offers small additional protection against data loss. This means that many businesses are building cloud-based systems that are not  capable of recovering data in the event of a failure or outage at the provider’s data centre. Many businesses follow standard practice of reviewing their Cloud supplier on at Bi-yearly basis or upon a nearby contract renewal to review about security upgrade or switching to a more secure supplier.

DDoS Attacks

Cloud-based platforms are wholly reliant on internet connectivity in which any interruption affects the service and productivity. “Cyber criminals” and “hacktivists” know that attacking web connections instead of data can also have a dramatic effect.

As businesses adopt more cloud services, expect to see an increase in denial of service attacks. Cloud providers have adapted new technologies and safeguards to protect connectivity at their end, however you will also need to do similar at your network perimeter.

 

Technimove Consultancy Team,

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