Cloud Service Providers
Recent Cyber Attacks
- Ransomware attack on Kaseya. In July 2021, the IT management software company Kaseya was hit by a ransomware attack that affected over 1,500 businesses worldwide. The attack was carried out by the REvil ransomware group.
- Data breach at Google Cloud Platform. In May 2021, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) was hit by a data breach that exposed the personal information of over 500,000 customers. The breach was caused by a security vulnerability in GCP’s Kubernetes Engine.
- Phishing attack on Amazon Web Services. In March 2021, Amazon Web Services (AWS) was targeted in a phishing attack that allowed the attackers to gain access to employee email accounts. The attackers then used the compromised accounts to send phishing emails to other employees, which led to further data breaches.
- Data breach at Microsoft Azure. In February 2021, Microsoft Azure was hit by a data breach that exposed the personal information of over 250,000 customers. The breach was caused by a security vulnerability in Azure’s Cosmos DB service.
- Ransomware attack on IBM Cloud. In January 2021, IBM Cloud was hit by a ransomware attack that encrypted its data. The attack forced IBM Cloud to temporarily shut down its operations.
- Data breach at Salesforce. In December 2020, Salesforce was hit by a data breach that exposed the personal information of over 500,000 customers. The breach was caused by a security vulnerability in Salesforce’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform.
- Data breaches: CSPs handle a lot of sensitive data, including customerPII, financial information, and intellectual property. This data is a valuable target for cybercriminals, who can sell it on the dark web or use it to commit identity theft or fraud.
- Ransomware attacks: Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts a victim’s files and demands a ransom payment in order to decrypt them. CSPs are a prime target for ransomware attacks because they often have sensitive data that they cannot afford to lose.
- Phishing attacks: Phishing is a type of social engineering attack that involves sending emails or text messages that appear to be from a legitimate source. The emails or text messages often contain a link that, when clicked, installs malware on the victim’s computer. CSPs are a prime target for phishing attacks because they often have employees who are not familiar with cybersecurity best practices.
- Data exfiltration: Cybercriminals may attempt to exfiltrate data from CSPs’ systems. This data can be used for a variety of purposes, such as identity theft, fraud, or intellectual property theft.
- Denial-of-service (DoS) attacks: DoS attacks are designed to overwhelm a system with traffic, making it unavailable to legitimate users. CSPs are a target for DoS attacks because they provide critical services to businesses and individuals.
- Zero-day attacks: Zero-day attacks are attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in software that the software vendor is not aware of. These attacks can be very difficult to defend against, as there is no patch available to fix the vulnerability.
- Supply chain attacks: Cybercriminals may target the vendors or suppliers of a CSP in order to gain access to the CSP’s systems. This is known as a supply chain attack.
- The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). FedRAMP is a U.S. government program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services.
- The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing. The CSA Guidance is a set of best practices for cloud security. It covers topics such as data protection, identity and access management, and incident response.
- ISO/IEC 27001. ISO/IEC 27001 is an international standard for information security management. It provides a comprehensive set of requirements for organizations to protect their information assets.
- The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS). The PCI DSS is a set of security standards for organizations that process, store, or transmit payment card data. It applies to all organizations that accept, process, store, or transmit payment card information, regardless of their size or industry.
At Careful Security, we understand that trust is the bedrock of every successful digital relationship. Our work with the Cloud Service Provider a fast-growing cloud service provider, was a testament to this belief.
As the Cloud Service Provider expanded its offerings, the need to assure its customers about its commitment to security became crucial. To earn this trust, the provider needed to acquire ISO 27001 certification and SOC2 Type 2 compliance – internationally recognized standards that testify to an organization’s cybersecurity resilience. The challenge was to achieve these certifications within a short timeframe, without compromising their service delivery or daily operations.
Careful Security adopted an agile, focused approach. We kicked off by establishing robust baseline processes and procedures, which formed the groundwork for the subsequent stages. Following this, we facilitated the creation of comprehensive documentation, ensuring every process and procedure was accurately recorded and readily available for auditing.
We knew that for the Cloud Service Provider every second counted. So, we streamlined the certification and compliance processes, making them as efficient as possible while maintaining the rigorous standards of ISO 27001 and SOC2 Type 2.
In record time, the Cloud Service Provider not only achieved its ISO 27001 certification but also became SOC2 Type 2 compliant. This achievement was more than just badges of honor – they were tangible proof of the company’s commitment to securing customer data and maintaining world-class cybersecurity standards.With these certifications, the client was able to assure its customers about the security and integrity of its services. As a result, they experienced improved customer trust, enhanced market reputation, and accelerated business growth.
At Careful Security, we don’t just help businesses meet compliance standards, we empower them to transform these standards into a competitive advantage. And as our clients can attest, with us by your side, every tick of the clock is a step closer to your cybersecurity