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While cloud computing and its many forms (private, public, hybrid cloud or multi-cloud environments) have become ubiquitous with innovation and growth over the past decade, cybercriminals have closely watched the migration and introduced innovations of their own to exploit the platforms. Most of these exploits are based on poor configurations and human error. New IBM Security X-Force data reveals that many cloud-adopting businesses are falling behind on basic security best practices, introducing more risk to their organizations.

Shedding light on the “cracked doors” that cybercriminals are using to compromise cloud environments, the 2022 X-Force Cloud Threat Landscape Report uncovers that vulnerability exploitation, a tried-and-true infection method, remains the most common way to achieve cloud compromise. Gathering insights from X-Force Threat Intelligence data, hundreds of X-Force Red penetration tests, X-Force Incident Response (IR) engagements and data provided by report contributor Intezer, between July 2021 and June 2022, some of the key highlights stemming from the report include: