Cloud

3/5/2018
05:00 PM
Kelly Sheridan
Kelly Sheridan
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google+
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

6 Questions to Ask Your Cloud Provider Right Now

Experts share the security-focused issues all businesses should explore when researching and using cloud services.
Previous
1 of 7
Next

(Image: ra2studio via Shutterstock)

(Image: ra2studio via Shutterstock)

The cloud is fairly new territory for many organizations and, consequently, it’s an area where mistakes are made stemming from confusion around the role cloud service providers play in security, and how companies should work with them.

"Organizations looking to host their data in cloud service providers have the best intentions in mind, and the clients I speak with are looking at security as being a key motivator," says Mark Judd, research analyst at Gartner's Research Analyst Lab.

But, Judd says, many businesses are in the mindset of thinking that because major players like Amazon and Microsoft have not been directly compromised, any data they put in those companies' cloud environments will automatically be secure. The problem is, security works both ways.

"They neglect to realize that moving into a cloud does not automatically make their data secure, but requires an understanding of the shared responsibility in regards to security controls between the organization and the cloud provider," Judd explains.

Andrei Florescu, group product manager for datacenter at Bitdefender, observes that enterprise responsibility for cloud security varies from function to function, depending on whether you're buying Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, or Software-as-a-Service.

Renting instances in Amazon Web Services will involve different responsibility from buying Office 365, he says, adding that "customers should spend a bit of time understanding the type of service they're consuming from cloud providers, and understanding the security model of whatever it is they're consuming." 

Misconceptions around the responsibilities of cloud service providers and their customers in securing data can put information at risk. Here, cloud experts share the security-focused questions all businesses should be asking when researching and using cloud services.

 

 Black Hat Asia returns to Singapore with hands-on technical Trainings, cutting-edge Briefings, Arsenal open-source tool demonstrations, top-tier solutions and service providers in the Business Hall. Click for information on the conference and to register.

 

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

Previous
1 of 7
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Oldest First  |  Newest First  |  Threaded View
WebAuthn, FIDO2 Infuse Browsers, Platforms with Strong Authentication
John Fontana, Standards & Identity Analyst, Yubico,  9/19/2018
Turn the NIST Cybersecurity Framework into Reality: 5 Steps
Mukul Kumar & Anupam Sahai, CISO & VP of Cyber Practice and VP Product Management, Cavirin Systems,  9/20/2018
NSS Labs Files Antitrust Suit Against Symantec, CrowdStrike, ESET, AMTSO
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  9/19/2018
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: "I'm not sure I like this top down management approach!"
Current Issue
Flash Poll
The Risk Management Struggle
The Risk Management Struggle
The majority of organizations are struggling to implement a risk-based approach to security even though risk reduction has become the primary metric for measuring the effectiveness of enterprise security strategies. Read the report and get more details today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2018-17338
PUBLISHED: 2018-09-23
An issue has been found in pdfalto through 0.2. It is a heap-based buffer overflow in the function TextPage::dump in XmlAltoOutputDev.cc.
CVE-2018-17341
PUBLISHED: 2018-09-23
BigTree 4.2.23 on Windows, when Advanced or Simple Rewrite routing is enabled, allows remote attackers to bypass authentication via a ..\ substring, as demonstrated by a launch.php?bigtree_htaccess_url=admin/images/..\ URI.
CVE-2018-17332
PUBLISHED: 2018-09-22
An issue was discovered in libsvg2 through 2012-10-19. The svgGetNextPathField function in svg_string.c returns its input pointer in certain circumstances, which might result in a memory leak caused by wasteful malloc calls.
CVE-2018-17333
PUBLISHED: 2018-09-22
An issue was discovered in libsvg2 through 2012-10-19. A stack-based buffer overflow in svgStringToLength in svg_types.c allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) or possibly have unspecified other impact because sscanf is misused.
CVE-2018-17334
PUBLISHED: 2018-09-22
An issue was discovered in libsvg2 through 2012-10-19. A stack-based buffer overflow in the svgGetNextPathField function in svg_string.c allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) or possibly have unspecified other impact because a strncpy copy limit is miscalculated.