Just when ransomware has broken out of control, another cyber security concern is cloud-jacking, also called cloud account hijacking. What’s allowing this type of breach to happen? Let’s examine what cloud-jacking is and what must be done about it to avoid massive breaches.
What Is Cloud-Jacking?
Cloud-jacking is an emerging type of cyber security breach that often involves misconfiguration, which is why it helps to work with experienced IT professionals. The event is defined by cyber security officials as the hacking of a cloud account to steal, hijack or control data. This attack involves identity theft and leveraging compromised information such as selling it to other cyber criminals on the dark web.
Attacks on cloud accounts tend to follow the pattern of social engineering, in which the attacker builds a trusting relationship with the victim over time. Then when the target least expects it, the hacker launches a malware or ransomware attack.
Solutions to Mitigate Cloud-Jacking
The solution to cloud-jacking applies to other types of cyber attacks as well, which is to build multiple security layers for robust data protection. Cloud-jacking often relies on employee error such as tricking workers into clicking what appears to be a trusted link that unleashes malware. Even though it’s still impossible to guarantee a perfect data protection system, your best strategy is to put up as many defenses as possible.
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a strong defense because it relies on more than a password to access a cloud account. Other factors for access may include a PIN number, answer to a security question or almost any idea involving a secret code known only to the user.
Another solution to reduce the risks of cloud-jacking is to adopt and maintain access control systems. As the name suggests, access control systems involve using technology to limit access to a network. One way to achieve this goal is to set internet policies which may include:
- Banning certain websites
- Segmenting networks
- Restricting access to approved resources
- Assigning members to certain resources
Cyber officials can further limit access by using these common strategies:
- Discretionary Access Control (DAC) – Rules declared by users determine resource access
- Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) – Organizational roles determine resource access
- Mandatory Access Control (MAC) – System administrators use a hierarchical approach to determine resource access
Today’s enterprises must put cyber security at the top of their agendas to ensure staying in business. Breaches of confidential data are no longer events to downplay as every company must plot a security strategy to reduce cyber threats. Contact us at Total Technology Solutions to learn more about making your network safer so you can focus on business goals.