Adoption of cloud computing (the process of providing applications, processing power and storage through remote servers over the internet) is increasing amongst medium and large organisations. However, as cloud is adopted, the securing of services in the cloud as well as the security claims of the cloud provider become mission critical priorities for both private and public-sector enterprises.
Media reports that scanned documents containing the identity details of up to 120,000 people have been freely available on a misconfigured Amazon Web Services, Simple Storage Service (AWS S3) server used by the shipping company FedEx. Cloud storage providers have previously been associated with a large scale data breach at Verizon.
Where cloud storage services are breached the ultimate reason almost always appears to be poor security configuration. Ensuring that good security practices are followed by all users and providers of cloud services would, therefore, prevent most breaches.