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10 Key Takeaways From Cisco's Annual Cybersecurity Report

Attackers are getting better at evading detection and have made serious headway in exploiting new technologies like IoT and cloud services, Cisco's cybersecurity report finds.

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The Cloud Is No More Secure Than Your Own Infrastructure

About 53 percent of the 3,600 survey respondents said more than half their corporate infrastructure is now in the public cloud. "The appeal is better security, but that's not always the case," Cisco's Artes said.

"If you're renting infrastructure as a service, the reality is the security is exactly the same as it was when you were responsible for the technology. You get scalability, but that's the same reason we see attackers using cloud and microservices architecture. They can expand and dynamically re-create their command and controls. They're capable of hiding in public cloud because nobody is going to block the entire AWS or Google Cloud Platform in order to stop them. We see a lot of the same bad practices that were being made when organizations ran architecture and infrastructure in-house and it was generally isolated from the internet. In the cloud, they're accessible by everyone who has an internet account in the entire world," he said.

 
 
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