Cloud Security – The Pros & Cons of Honeytokens

Honeytokens-300x200 Cloud Security – The Pros & Cons of HoneytokensDo you have business data stored in the cloud? In today’s online environment, the answer is likely yes.  And while cloud computing has transformed the ease with which businesses can store, access and share data, files, and documents via the internet, this has also made the cloud a place where hackers lurk. After all, proprietary business data and customer data are highly valuable, so it’s not surprising that cybercriminals are regularly developing new ways to breach your cloud accounts. But cyber-defense protocols are also getting increasingly more sophisticated.

And while securing the perimeter of your cloud accounts is the best way to prevent hackers from accessing your data in the first place, the reality is that even the best cybersecurity plans are occasionally breached. As a response, anti-hacking experts have created honeytokens, which are basically online booby traps designed to lure in bad actors. On the surface, these honeytokens look like attractive targets (though they actually have no real value to the attacker), but in reality, they contain digital information which can be closely monitored as an indicator of tampering, thereby alerting administrators to a breach before any valuable data is actually stolen or held for ransom.

Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, hackers are quickly finding ways to avoid the honeytoken trap. Even honeytokens embedded in Amazon Web Services (AWS) – the single largest cloud services provider – have been proven to be vulnerable. For example, hackers have learned to exploit the handful of niche services that aren’t currently supported by AWS honeytoken monitoring. This just proves that like any other service, AWS is not without shortcomings and operating in any cloud environment is not without some risk.

Fortunately, even if you use cloud computing services such as AWS, you don’t need to understand the technical details surrounding cybersecurity in the cloud fully. The IT security experts at ATB are your partner in fighting cybercrime before it ever happens. To learn more about how you can best keep your data safe – without giving up the benefits of cloud computing – contact us today.

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