An Unexpected Security Problem in the Cloud 

19 Sep

As more companies unplug their data centers and rent out cloud-computing services from providers such as Inc. and Microsoft Corp. , some are discovering an unexpected problem: They’re accidentally leaving their corporate data exposed for all the world to see.

Configuration errors made while using cloud-storage services are common, security experts say, and often occur when users set access permissions so someone outside of the company—say, a vendor—can see data. “More data has been lost due to poor configuration than anything else on the cloud,” says Vincent Liu a partner at Bishop Fox, a computer-security consulting firm.

The nonprofit GDI Foundation has tracked close to 175,000 examples of misconfigured software and services on the cloud this year.

Source: An Unexpected Security Problem in the Cloud – WSJ