Cross Tenant Cloud Computing Attack: A Myth Or Reality?
While you sit and read this blog, the UK government is making laws to count cloud and search engines as vital infrastructures. These services are now counted as critical infrastructure and will fall under the directive of NIC (Network and Information System). This implies that now the service providers have to either provide the best security to their clients or they will be fined heavily. This means the customers all over can heave a sigh of relief but there are a few things that still make us worried. One of such concerns is cross tenant cloud attack.
Let’s admit the fact that at one point in time, we too feared this! The professionals feel that to research and get to know about reality has become an uphill task because of rumors. However, now you are at one stop destination to get enlightened! So, let’s get started!
We are all aware of the fact that if we are uploading our data to the cloud, then there are fair chances that there are several other users who are doing the same. Our cloud service providers have taken effective measures and saved us from the attacks of other cloud service providers, but what about a scenario in which another member of our cloud starts digging up for our data?
As there are number of organizations who have migrated to cloud for better functioning and providing better services to their clientele, the service providers are forced to think on this matter. But should we be worried so much? Well, we suggest not to! The reason behind concluding the same are many, but the most prominent ones are:
Your Data Is Stored In Encrypted Form
Well, unless you are using cheap encryption methods, your data will stay safe! We assume that the other members of the cloud are as smart as you are and will not be able to decrypt any data chunk without the decryption key. Even if they are able to outsmart you, the chances of your data falling into hands of your competitor are next to impossible. You ask how? By the time somebody outsmarts you and decrypts your data, finds someone who needs that data, and sells it, you’ll probably know about the data breach and upgrade your security system, isn’t it?
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Demarcation Is Clear
The service providers have thought about this a teensy bit earlier than you and thus their security system is adept enough to make sure nothing like that happens. They have a clear demarcation between the data of one customer and another. It doesn’t matter if you have rented the cloud services temporarily or you are a regular user, your data is safe.
Entire Cloud Failure Will Never Happen
If you ask us, can a cloud service provider go down permanently, the reply you would get is yes! Definitely! It is similar to earth hitting a massive meteor, or earth falling down despite the dark energy that keeps it in the axis, or a zombie apocalypse; it does have a possibility, but we are nowhere near to them now! There is a possibility that your cloud service provider encounters some issues, but they’ll soon come up with the mitigation mechanism for the same, and you won’t be affected a lot!
Yes, with the upcoming technology, it might become possible to sneak in the data of others and perform cross tenant attack. But we will be upgraded by then, don’t we?
We are not yet in the danger of cross tenant attack and thus there is no point in stressing about it. You can store your data on cloud until you are taking basic security precautions. As the researches are being carried out to make the clouds secure and even a few software and applications are programmed by various organizations, we can snuggle in our blanket peacefully and leave the daunting task of thinking about possibilities and researching about them to the professionals. And hence, we conclude that the cross-tenant attacks are not yet possible!
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