Verizon, in conjunction with the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit and the US secret service, have recently released their findings on investigations into about 800 data breaches within the cloud. The report makes for disturbing reading.
Perhaps not surprisingly, 92% of breaches were from external agents: this is an increase of 22% from the previous year. 50% of the breaches involved some form of hacking (up 10% from 2010) and, worryingly, 49% incorporated malware (up 11%).
Very concerning, in my view, is that 92% of attacks were not considered highly difficult (this figure is 7% higher than 2010), 96% were avoidable through simple or intermediate controls and 86% of these breaches were discovered by a third party (up a huge 25%).