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Nearly half of security threats are cloud-enabled

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Almost half of threats (44 percent) faced by the modern organisation are cloud-enabled (opens in new tab), and cybercriminals are using the technology to launch and conceal their attacks. This is according to a new report from cloud security firm Netskope.

Analysing anonymised data from all over the globe, Netskope says attackers are using the cloud to blend into the environment they’re targeting and better evade detection techniques.

They are using cloud services and apps to scam employees, phish for information, deliver malware, formjack and steal data (among other things). Phishing and malware delivery stand out as the two most popular cloud threat techniques (opens in new tab), the report states.

Employees are using various clouds and various cloud apps to move all kinds of data. They’re moving documents from Dropbox to Google Drive, from OneDrive to Slack and everywhere in between. More than a third of the information being shared around (37 percent) is considered sensitive.

Almost all enterprise users (89 percent) are in the cloud, actively using at least one cloud app every day - either for storage, collaboration or email. Netskope claims businesses use, on average, 2,481 different applications.

For Ray Canzanese, Threat Research Director at Netskope, the results suggest cloud-enabled kill chain in increasing in both sophistication and scale, meaning businesses need to modernise quickly.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.