NEW YORK — Datadog, Inc. (NASDAQ: DDOG), the monitoring and security platform for cloud applications, today released its new report, The State of Cloud Security 2023. Datadog analyzed security posture data from thousands of organizations using AWS, Azure or Google Cloud for the report, focusing particularly on understanding how organizations approach and mitigate common risks that frequently lead to documented public cloud security incidents.
The report found that organizations still face significant challenges when it comes to securing their cloud environments. Long-lived credentials, in particular, continue to be a widespread problem. These types of credentials are widely regarded as insecure, not only because they never expire but also because they can easily be leaked in source code, container images or configuration files. They remain one of the most common causes of security breaches in the cloud.
Other key findings from the report include:
- Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is not proactively enforced: In October 2023, 20.3% of IAM users that had authenticated to the AWS Console had done so without using MFA and 20.7% of Azure AD users that had authenticated had done so without MFA.
- Adoption of AWS IMDSv2 is rising but still insufficient: Although it’s critical to protect against server-side request forgery attacks in AWS, only 21% of EC2 instances enforce IMDSv2, up from 7% last year.
- A substantial portion of cloud workloads are excessively privileged: 37% of Google Cloud VMs and 23% of EC2 instances have sensitive permissions that would allow an attacker to gain privileged access or wide data access in a cloud environment.
- Publicly exposed virtual machines pose a risk to cloud environments: 7% of EC2 instances, 3% of Azure VMs and 12% of Google Cloud VMs have at least one port allowing traffic from the internet, leaving them at risk of brute-force attacks.
“Cloud security posture has significantly improved as providers deliver more secure defaults on their platforms and as organizations gain a greater understanding of security risks,” said Jeremy Garcia, VP of Technical Community and Open Source at Datadog. “However, there is still a lot of work to be done. Issues like long-lived credentials, MFA adoption and public VM exposure can be difficult to identify, prioritize and fix. The best defense, along with a deeper awareness of security risks, is to continuously scan for and fix misconfigurations and vulnerabilities so that breaches can be avoided before they happen.”
The State of Cloud Security 2023 is available now. For the full results, please visit: https://www.datadoghq.com/state-of-cloud-security/. To learn how Datadog helps companies secure their cloud environments, visit: https://www.datadoghq.com/product/cloud-security-management/.
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