Nearly 70% of enterprises are shifting their business-critical assets and tools to the cloud, indicating a high-level of trust in cloud environments. However, this trust can evaporate quickly when C-levels misunderstand the shared responsibility security model, misconfigure cloud security, or when security is not installed at all.

Earlier this year, a well-known hotel chain’s third-party service provider experienced a massive cloud security data breach. The leak exposed the names, email addresses and sensitive personal data belonging to travelers.

This can potentially expose consumers to phishing attacks, or physical attacks on their homes, if hackers manage to gain access to home addresses and hotel check-in dates.

“Leaving a database publicly available without any security barriers in place is one of the most common yet preventable causes of data breaches in the cloud,” says one industry expert.

Because an increasing quantity of data is moving to the cloud, the cloud has become more lucrative for cyber hackers than ever before.

According to survey respondents, nearly 40% agree that visibility is the biggest cloud security issue. Security analytics can make the difference between an effective cloud security architecture and an ineffective one. You also need to know your organization’s unique risks in order to keep things agile, efficient and secure.

Invest in a security solution that can provide a real-time threat dashboard for easy visualization.  Round-the-clock monitoring tools that can detect abnormalities, troubleshoot and send customized alerts is also imperative.

The time to secure your cloud is now, before the hackers try to infiltrate your system. For more information on securing your cloud, visit CloudGuard Log.ic.