Cloud servers are proving to be an unfortunately common entry route for cyberattacks

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Cloud servers are now the number one entry route for cyberattacks, new research has claimed, with 41% of companies reporting it as the first entry point.

The problem is only getting worse, with the number of attacks using cloud servers as their initial point of entry rose 10% year-on-year, and they've also leapfrogged corporate servers as the main way for criminals to find their way into organizations. 

The data, collected by cyber insurer Hiscox from a survey of 5,181 professionals from eight countries, found it's not just cloud servers that are letting hackers in, as 40% of businesses highlighted business emails as the main access point for cyberattacks.

How else are bussineses getting compromised?

Other common entry methods included remote access servers (RAS), which were cited by 31% of respondents, and employee-owned mobile devices, which were cited by 29% (a 6% rise from the year before).

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks were also a popular method, cited by 26% of those surveyed. 

The data also provided some into how cyberattacks are impacting different countries.

Businesses in the United Kingdom were found to be the least likely out of all the countries surveyed to have experienced a cyberattack in the last year at 42%, significantly beating out the Netherlands and France, who had figures of 57% and 52% respectively. 

However, on the flip side, the UK had the highest median cost for cyberattacks out of all the countries looked at, coming in at $28,000.

It's not just the smaller, underfunded firms that can fall victim to cloud server-based attacks. 

Accenture, one of the world’s largest IT consultancy firms, recently suffered an attack involving the LockBit ransomware strain which impacted a cloud server environment.

Will McCurdy has been writing about technology for over five years. He has a wide range of specialities including cybersecurity, fintech, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, cloud computing, payments, artificial intelligence, retail technology, and venture capital investment. He has previously written for AltFi, FStech, Retail Systems, and National Technology News and is an experienced podcast and webinar host, as well as an avid long-form feature writer.