Security-as-a-Service solution provider Alert Logic has released the Spring 2014 Cloud Security Report which shows a significant increase in attacks across both cloud and on-premises environments.
Drawing on data obtained from a customer base of 2,200, Alert Logic found a significant increase in activity across cloud and hosting environments compared to last year’s findings—brute force attacks climbed from 30% to 44% of customers, and vulnerability scans increased from 27% to 44%. These two types of incidents—historically far more likely to target on-premises environments—are now occurring at near-equivalent rates in both cloud and on-premises environments.
“Our intelligence suggests that the observed increase in cloud attacks is correlated to the growth of cloud adoption in the enterprise,” said Stephen Coty, Chief Security Evangelist at Alert Logic. “As more enterprise workloads have moved into cloud and hosted infrastructures, some traditional on-premises threats have followed them. This reinforces the necessity for enterprise-grade security solutions specifically designed to protect cloud environments.”
Public cloud honeypots
For this report, Alert Logic also selected an area for additional investigation. The company deployed honeypots in public cloud infrastructures around the world to observe attack types and frequency and found the highest volume of attacks occurred in Europe, where honeypots experienced four times the number of attacks as the US, and more worryingly 14% of malware collected through the honeypots was considered undetectable by 51 of the world’s top antivirus vendors.