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9/10/2019
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What Are the First Signs of a Cloud Data Leak?

Most cloud data breaches leave only trace signs of malfeasance, so it can be tricky.



Question: What are the first signs of a cloud data leak?

Josh Stella, co-founder and CTO of Fugue: Many cloud breaches are only discovered when data appears on the Dark Web or hackers make mistakes. Unfortunately, this can be extremely challenging. Most cloud data breaches leave only trace signs of malfeasance, such as a handful of API calls in logs that can be found, and many of those API calls look a lot like normal operations on the cloud. Be on the lookout for unusual List and Read operations in your API call logs — particularly for data that isn't usually directly listed or read during normal production operations. The key to stopping cloud-based data breaches is to prevent cloud misconfiguration in the first place.

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