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Cloud apps are now the most common way digital attackers distribute malware. In the second quarter of 2021, researchers found that 68% of malware downloads originated from cloud apps, reported ZDNet. In order to keep your cloud security up, it’s important to know where problems might come from. Specifically, cloud-based misconfigurations could often be a contributing factor. Read on to learn what types of apps factored into these attacks.
Where Cloud Security Problems Start
According to a study by Netskope, most (66.4%) of malware instances in Q2 2021 started with cloud storage apps. They were followed by collaboration apps and development tools at 8.5% and 7.8%, respectively.
Meanwhile, infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) platforms accounted for the lowest proportion of malware downloads, at 3.1% for the quarter.
By using cloud apps, attackers can “bypass blocklists and take advantage of any app-specific allow lists.”
“Although attacks launched from the cloud are typically short-lived — the cloud service provider removes the malicious content when it is reported — attackers have illustrated that they can capitalize on the attack within the