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March 31, 2014

Report Shows Increase in Attacks on Both Cloud and On-Premises IT

Just like anyone else, criminals always look for opportunities in which their chances of succeeding are much higher. As the world we live in continues to increase its digital presence, they are also migrating along with it, thereby increasing their chances of success whenever they perpetrate an attack. According to many digital security experts, 2013 was a banner year for hackers, resulting in a record number of documents being stolen and ending with the nationwide Target (News - Alert) breach that was responsible for 40 million credit and debit cards being compromised.

The latest Alert Logic State of Cloud Security Report shows an increase in attacks on cloud and on-premises environments, but it goes on to reveal the number of attacks directed toward cloud environments is increasing as more organizations continue to move their IT needs into cloud and hosted infrastructures.

The annual Alert Logic research is conducted from the thousands of customers it provides with Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud and on-premise infrastructure. The comparative analysis of security threats from customers reveals critical information for implementing best practices for maintaining a secure IT infrastructure no matter what environment it is being operated in.

The company is going to reveal the results of the research in a webinar along with a road show tour by examining key data that has been pulled from the report. This includes: trends in attack types, frequency, and diversity over time; differences between attacks targeting cloud and on-premises environments; and exclusive analysis of attacks through the use of honeypot deployments in cloud environments.

The report was conducted between April 1 and September 30, 2013, by observing more than one billion security events in which 232,364 security incidents were verified as being valid threats. The 2014 report has evaluated three vectors of analysis-incident occurrence, incident frequency and threats diversity from six security categories.

The Security-as-a-Service solutions Alert Logic provides is designed to secure the application and infrastructure stack for organizations by integrating advanced security tools with security operations center expertise 24/7. The company can deploy flexible solutions to address customer security needs in any computing environment with day to day management of security infrastructure and translation of complex security data into actionable insight by experts. The company has more than 2,400 enterprises that use its Security-as-a-Service solutions for business application deployments.

The Alert Logic Security-as-a-Service solution provides:

Advanced security tools coupled with 24×7 monitoring and expert guidance services;

Intelligence in action with individualized expert counsel to rapidly respond to security and compliance incidents delivered by certified analysts;

Managed service delivery with hassle-free software maintenance, security content development and monitoring leveraging Alert Logic’s global footprint;

Cloud platform with multi-tenant architecture and scalable platform enable seamless integration with cloud and hosting service providers;

Cost savings subscription model for software and services, minimal capital expense, and reduced operating costs.

"The increase in cloud attacks that we observed is most likely correlated to the growth of cloud adoption in the enterprise. As more enterprise workloads have moved into cloud and hosted infrastructures, some traditional on-premises infrastructure threats have followed them. This reinforces the necessity for enterprise-grade security solutions specifically designed to protect cloud environments," said Stephen Coty, Director of Threat Research at Alert Logic.

Edited by Rory J. Thompson

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