Jailbreaking the Cloud – Cybersecurity Risk 2016. Jailbreaking, in a mobile device context, is the use of an exploit to remove manufacturer or carrier restrictions from a device such as an iPhone or iPad. The exploit usually involves running a privilege escalation attack on a user’s device to replace the manufacturer’s factory-installed operating system with a custom kernel. Cloud Jail-breaking: The world is witnessing a new high of cloud infrastructure, which includes “software-based computers”. That certainly puts extra pressure on people and companies to be on the lookout for malware that can crack these cloud-based systems. Given how enterprises seem to be largely dependent on virtualization, incidences of cyber attacks can increase by several notches. As experts say, planning is the key and firms need to change the existing “cyber security mindsets”. Not to miss out on mobile devices flaunting apps that only paves the path for hackers to attack both private and public clouds.

Jailbreaking the Cloud – Cybersecurity Risk

Jailbreaking the Cloud in 2016 Cybersecurity IssuesIn 2016, expect a proliferation of attacks on cloud and cloud infrastructure, including so-called virtual machines, which are software-based computers. There will be malware specifically built to crack these cloud-based systems. Growing reliance on virtualization and both private and hybrid clouds will make these kinds of attacks even more fruitful for cybercriminals. At the same time, because apps rely on the cloud, mobile devices running compromised apps will provide a way for hackers to remotely attack public and private clouds and access corporate networks.

Threat in 2016: Jailbreaking the Cloud

As adoption of virtualization and cloud strategies increases, hackers are developing strategies to break out of hypervisors and infect the larger infrastructures and systems. Hackers will start targeting malware that exploits flaws in virtualization protocols to jailbreak the cloud and gain access to wider infrastructure data. Future Outlook: Cloud and virtualization adoption rates are increasing, making this the next big target for hackers looking to extract valuable corporate data and personal information.

Cybersecurity experts expect to see malware in the wild that is designed to break out of hypervisors and gain access to host systems in order to infect wider corporate networks. Hackers may attempt to build malware into mobile application downloads for devices like smartphones and tablets that are used to remotely access virtual environments and resources.

Sources: Gartner.com & Fortinet.com

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