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Does Your Cloud Storage Contain Infected Files?

By June 23, 2016March 2nd, 2023Blog, Cybersecurity

DoesXYourXCloudXStorageXContainXInfectedXFilesMore and more business are migrating increasing amounts of data to the cloud. That’s generally seen as a good thing, but there’s a fly in the ointment. The cloud, which is regarded by many to be safer and generally more secure, is seeing a rise in malware infected files.

This information comes to us courtesy of the security company Netskope, which conducts a quarterly study of literally millions of users over a full three-month period. Their findings indicate that nearly one in ten files was found to contain some type of malware infection, which is double the number of infected files from last quarter.

This isn’t as bad as it could be, but is still an alarmingly rapid rate of spread for infected files. It is a clear indication that users on cloud-based systems may not be adhering to industry best practices and safety protocols when handling cloud-based data, which is a signpost pointing the way to much larger problems in the future. If the trend continues, that future may not be very far off, either.

If there’s a silver lining in the report, it is simply this: Less than a quarter of the infected files have been shared either cross-user, or cross-company. If they had been, then the rate of spread would have been significantly higher.

Even so, it’s a sign of more dangerous times to come. With a 10% rate of infection, it’s inevitable that someone’s network will fall victim to malware picked up by accessing data from the cloud. Depending on the type of malware passed to the network, it could wreak havoc of various sorts.

This underscores the importance of keeping antivirus software up to date, to minimize the risk, and also highlights the need for more and better employee training regarding security risks and the role they play in helping to keep your network secure.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.