Expect an Increase in Criminal Use of Legitimate Shared Cloud Systems for Cyberattacks

Cloud applications, services and infrastructure have helped legitimate businesses reduce costs, scale up and down as necessary, and improve overall productivity. Unfortunately, the same cloud platforms are also allowing cyber criminals to reduce the costs of their attacks, get in and get out quickly, and become more effective in evading existing security solutions. In 2017, criminal use of legitimate shared cloud systems for conducting attacks will continue to increase as will the impact of these attacks. This is especially true for targeted spear phishing attacks that include ransomware or result in business email compromise.