The shift to use public clouds to support digital transformation has created the biggest and most urgent security problem CSOs face. Business applications from web analytic platforms and domain name services, through apps stores and marketplaces, to mission critical ERP will all come under more intense fire as hackers look for a way in, motivated by greed, a social cause or politics. In fact, I and many of my fellow security experts, will not be surprised if there’s a successful cloud attack of such scale in 2019 that every business will be forced to re-evaluate their use and security.
One of the biggest contributors to this prediction is the current global cyber landscape. It’s a boom time for hackers and Nation State activity will most certainly capitalise on it. Organised groups will create widespread disruption, either as solo endeavours for profit or in conjunction with armed conflicts.
And we should expect that communications systems, the backbone to life and trading, will be an ongoing target. I anticipate we will see attempts to bring about multi-million dollar loses and should expect more governments to be embarrassed, shamed and manipulated, as well as face physical disruption to internet services in 2019 too.
That clearly has repercussions for anyone using the cloud and should be prompting a review of how secure and stable the cloud and telecoms provisions are.
The reality is that hackers are continually automating their attacks making them more complex, and more lethal.  In this environment, moving applications to the cloud is actually making people less secure, not more, since the attack surface is even greater.  But it’s not going to stop companies from doing it – the cloud is now an imperative for agile computing and business.
All the time we do adopt cloud computing, the cyberattack surface is growing; multiple clouds running applications with different

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