Trend Micro Research Finds Misconfiguration as Number One Risk to Cloud Environments

Cybersecurity must be considered at all points of a cloud migration


HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 9 April 2020 - Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704),
the global leader in cloud security,
today released the findings from research into cloud security, which
highlights human error and complex deployments open the door to a wide range of
cyber threats.


Gartner predicts that by 2021, over 75% of midsize and
large organizations will have adopted multi-cloud or hybrid IT strategy.[1]
As cloud platforms become more prevalent, IT and DevOps teams face additional
concerns and uncertainties related to securing their cloud instances.


This newly released report reaffirms that
misconfigurations are the primary cause of cloud security issues. In fact,
Trend Micro Cloud One -- Conformity identifies 230 million misconfigurations on
average each day, proving this risk is prevalent and widespread.


"Cloud-based operations have become the rule rather than the exception,
and cybercriminals have adapted to capitalize on misconfigured or mismanaged
cloud environments," said Greg Young, vice president of cybersecurity for Trend
Micro. "We believe migrating to the cloud can be the best way to fix security
problems by redefining the corporate IT perimeter and endpoints. However, that
can only happen if organizations follow the shared responsibility model for
cloud security. Taking ownership of cloud data is paramount to its protection,
and we're here to help businesses succeed in that process."


The research found threats and security weaknesses in
several key areas of cloud-based computing, which can put credentials and
company secrets at risk. Criminals capitalizing on misconfigurations have
targeted companies with ransomware, cryptomining, e-skimming and data


online tutorials compounded the risk for some businesses leading to mismanaged
cloud credentials and certificates. IT teams can take advantage of cloud native
tools to help mitigate these risks, but they should not rely solely on these
tools, the report concludes.


Trend Micro recommends several best practices to help secure cloud

  • Employ least privilege controls: restricting access to only those who need
  • Understand the Shared Responsibility Model:
    Although cloud providers have built-in security, customers are responsible for
    securing their own data.
  • Monitor for misconfigured and exposed systems: Tools like Conformity can
    quickly and easily identify misconfigurations in your cloud environments.
  • Integrate security into DevOps culture:
    Security should be built into the DevOps process from the start.

To read the full report, please visit: 

[1] Smarter With
Gartner, 5 Approaches to Cloud Applications Integration, May 14, 2019

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