Top Threats Working Group

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Introduction to the Top Threats Working Group

At an unprecedented pace, cloud computing has simultaneously transformed business and government, and created new security challenges. The development of the cloud service model delivers business-supporting technology more efficiently than ever before. The shift from traditional client/server to service-based models is transforming the way technology departments think about, designing, and delivering computing technology and applications. However, the improved value offered by cloud computing advances have also created new security vulnerabilities, including security issues whose full impacts are still emerging.

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“The CSA Top Threats Working Group aims to provide organizations with an up-to-date, expert-informed understanding of cloud security risks, threats and vulnerabilities in order to make educated risk-management decisions regarding cloud adoption strategies.”

The Treacherous Twelve: Cloud Computing Top Threats in 2016

The 2016 Top Threats release mirrors the shifting ramifications of poor cloud computing decisions up through the managerial ranks, instead of being an IT issue it is now a boardroom issue. The reasons may lie with the maturation of cloud, but more importantly, higher strategic decisions by executives in cloud adoption. The 2013 edition highlighted developers and IT departments rolling out their own self-service Shadow IT projects, and the bypassing of organizational security requirements. In 2016, cloud adoption may be effectively aligned with the executive strategies to maximize shareholder value. The always-on nature of Cloud Computing impacts factors that may skew external perceptions and in turn company valuations. Wider reaching architecture/design factors of Identity, Credential and Access Management, Insecure APIs and System & Application Vulnerabilities rise in the survey, while data loss and individual account hijacking fell in comparison.

The Treacherous Twelve: Cloud Computing Top Threats in 2016 is sponsored by HPE Security – Data Security

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Top Threats Co-chairs

Jon-Michael Brook

Jon-Michael Brook

Jon-Michael C. Brook, Principal at Guide Holdings, LLC, has 20 years of experience in Information Security with such organizations as Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton, Optiv Security and Symantec. Mr. Brook’s work traverses the government, financial, healthcare, gaming, oil and gas and pharmaceutical industries. Mr. Brook obtained a number of industry certifications, including CISSP and CCSK, has patents and trade secrets in intrusion detection, enterprise network controls, cross domain security and semantic data redaction. He has spoken at numerous events, including the Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE), Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Congress, IAPP Privacy Conferences and DoD Cyber Crime Conference. Additionally, Mr. Brook has contributed to a number of CSA projects over the past six years, and currently co-chairs the CSA Top Threats and Cloud Broker Working Groups. He holds a BS-CEN from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of South Florida.

Contributions: Top Threats Working Group co-chair, Cloud Broker Working Group co-chair and contributor to several additional working groups. Certified Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge+ (CCSK+) trainer and Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) reviewer.

Scott Field

Scott is an architect that manages the Microsoft Azure security organization, with recent previous responsibility including Azure Compliance. His primary responsibility includes ensuring that Azure is the most secure cloud platform in existence, and that the features used to secure Azure are also made available to customers.

He has been involved with security at Microsoft for over 20 years, with contributions to Windows, Security Products, and Online services. He has held positions including support of Microsoft developer customers, software development, system and security architecture, and management of development, test, and program management teams.

Dave Shackleford

Dave Shackleford is the owner and principal consultant of Voodoo Security and a SANS analyst, senior instructor, and course author. He has consulted with hundreds of organizations in the areas of security, regulatory compliance, and network architecture and engineering, and is a VMware vExpert with extensive experience designing and configuring secure virtualized infrastructures. He has previously worked as CSO for Configuresoft, CTO for the Center for Internet Security, and as a security architect, analyst, and manager for several Fortune 500 companies.

Dave currently serves on the board of directors at the SANS Technology Institute and helps lead the Atlanta chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance.

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Top Threats to Cloud Computing Plus: Industry Insights

Abstract: The Top Threats to Cloud Computing Plus: Industry Insights serves as a validation of the relevance of security issues discussed in the earlier document as wells as provides references and overviews of these incidents. In total, 21 anecdotes and examples are featured in the document. The references and overview of each anecdote and example…

Release Date: October 20, 2017

‘The Treacherous Twelve’ Cloud Computing Top Threats in 2016

“The Treacherous 12 – Cloud Computing Top Threats in 2016” plays a crucial role in the CSA research ecosystem. The purpose of the report is to provide organizations with an up-to-date, expert-informed understanding of cloud security concerns in order to make educated risk-management decisions regarding cloud adoption strategies. The report reflects the current consensus among…

Release Date: February 29, 2016

The Notorious Nine: Cloud Computing Top Threats in 2013

Providing organizations with up-to-date, expert-informed understanding of cloud security threats in order to make educated risk-management decisions regarding cloud adoption strategies.

Release Date: February 24, 2013