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Homeland Security Details Cyber Threats to Entities Using Cloud Services

The Homeland Security Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis has released the attached flyer detailing the risks cloud services pose to critical infrastructure. According to Homeland Security, health care represents a leading industry in cloud adoption, with 60 percent of its information technology systems adopting cloud services. Although cloud services offer numerous benefits — scalability, high availability and decreased ownership cost among them — providers should note that these systems are vulnerable and could be exploited. Threats include data leakage, denial of service, hyperjacking and phishing. Homeland Security recommends more rigorous security standards and development of best practices so that critical infrastructure providers can better understand and manage risks to its cloud-based services. 

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