3 Reasons Why Detecting Cloud Malware Is Essential for Cloud Security Solutions

Best Practices, Cloud Security

Written by Michael Higashi

Key Considerations for Cloud Security Solutions

Among all the talk of measures organizations can take to improve their cloud data security, cloud malware detection can get overlooked. It’s often assumed that the malware problem has already been addressed, usually through client-side firewalls and endpoint security software. As with many other facets of cloud security solutions, however, an additional layer of control can be critical to preventing a breach. Here are three reasons why detecting cloud malware is essential.

1. Cloud malware spreads fast

The anytime/anywhere/any device data accessibility that cloud 3_reasons_cloud_malware_cloud_security_solutionscomputing provides is one of its key benefits, but that easy accessibility can become a problem as it makes malware easily accessible, too. Under the cloud computing paradigm, data is constantly traveling to and from the cloud, and that means both a vastly increased number of opportunities for it to compromise not only cloud infrastructure, but also client infrastructure and devices. A single compromised document could wreak havoc as it’s shared across the organization.

2. Cloud malware can lead to data breaches

Once a system is compromised by cloud malware, the cloud security risks increase dramatically as the malware executes. In some cases, it may begin siphoning out sensitive or protected data, such as customer financial information. In other cases, it may begin looking for ways to steal login or access credentials through mechanisms such as keyloggers. And while it’s doing so, it may begin propagating and spreading to yet more systems. If undetected and left on client devices, the malware can deal a significant amount of damage over time.

3. Cloud malware can open the door to even more serious threats

The cloud security risks that malware poses don’t always stop with a single payload. Rather, more sophisticated attacks against an enterprise may use a multi-step approach that relies on a piece of malware gaining initial entry and then taking enough control of the affected IT environment to open the door to yet more malicious software capable of dealing far more damage. Stopping attacks like these will require the ability to detect the initial malware and stop it in its tracks. Failing to do so could result in large-scale cloud data security disaster.

As you can see, cloud malware detection is indeed a big deal. Malware can cause more than just a downed device. In fact, it can lead to large-scale data exfiltration and all the consequences that that incurs. Given the dangers, increased vigilance is critical to keeping both devices and data safe. The benefits of the cloud are numerous, but only when organizations take control of their information to keep it safe.

What are your experiences with cloud malware? Tell us what you’ve seen in the comments.