Ransomware is spreading through cloud apps

Cloud-based apps are fundamental in the workings of the enterprise, but they are under threat from ransomware.

The latest report from Netskope, a cloud access security broker, has revealed how the presence of malware is spreading through cloud apps.

The report suggests that on average there were 26 pieces of malware found in cloud apps across a given organisation.

Of these 26, 43.7% of malware found in enterprises’ cloud apps have delivered ransomware, and 56% of malware-infected files in cloud apps are either being shared with internal or external users, or shared publicly.

Ransomware accounts for nearly half of all malware found in organisations, the report showed.

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These common ransomware delivery vehicles, include Javascript exploits and droppers, Microsoft Office macros and PDF exploits.

Increased connectivity, with access to software like the cloud, means that extensive cyber threats have greater access to online systems.

The report, similarly, suggests that within cloud environments, infected and encrypted files can quickly spread to other users through cloud app sync and share functionality in what is known as the fan-out effect.

On average, the survey found that enterprises use 824 cloud apps (up from 777 last quarter).

>See also: 6 steps to protect your company from crypto-ransomware attacks

Alarmingly, 94% of these apps are not considered “enterprise-ready”, perhaps explaining where the problem lies.

Not being “enterprise-ready” is defined according to the Netskope cloud confidence index scoring system, meaning they lack key functionalities such as security, audit and certification, service-level agreement, legal, privacy, financial viability, and vulnerability remediation.

The responsibility, therefore, should fall on the IT department to ensure the apps being used at their organisations adhere to the functional and secure standards required.

The information shared within these apps should be monitored as well.

Sanjay Beri, founder and CEO of Netskope concludes: “with the rise of ransomware, the cloud threat landscape is now increasingly complicated; IT teams need deeper intelligence, protection, and remediation that can help them stop malware and ransomware in their tracks and prevent them from spreading.”

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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is a former editor for Information Age (from 2018 to 2022) before moving on to become Global Head of Brand Journalism at HCLTech. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and...

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