Cloud & Threat Report- The Malware Comes
from Cloud Apps
Cybercriminals are increasingly using trusted cloud apps for phishing and malware attacks
Not only companies are increasingly relying on the cloud, but attackers are also increasingly
choosing this vector for distributing malware: While the number of cloud apps used per
company has increased by 20 percent, 61 percent of the malware identified was via the cloud
applications in the past year and services. These are the results of the new Cloud & Threat
Report. For this purpose, anonymized data from millions of users of the Netskope Security
Cloud platform was analysed in the period from January 1 to December 31, 2020.
“Many companies believe that the greatest threat comes from lesser-known and obviously
questionable cloud services. In fact, we see the greatest risks in known and trustworthy cloud
apps that cybercriminals misuse for cloud phishing and malware delivery, ”explains Paolo
Passeri, Cyber Intelligence Principal at Netskope. “Security officers must therefore have
transparency about the content and context of the use of cloud applications and be able to
apply granular policy controls. This is the only way to ensure that the applications and services
that are important for productivity can be used without exposing yourself to these risks. "
The Main Results
Cloud Use on The Rise.
In 2020, the number of cloud apps used per company rose by 20 percent. Companies with
500 to 2,000 employees use an average of 664 different cloud apps per month. Almost half of
these applications are rated with a “poor” Cloud Confidence Index (CCI). This indicates to
what extent apps and services are suitable for the professional environment.
The Delivery of Malware Continues to Move to The Cloud.
In 2020, 61 percent of malware was distributed via cloud apps. In the previous year, it was 48
The Widespread Use of Cloud Apps in Businesses Makes Them a Popular Target for
Cloud apps are now the target of every th