The cloud is always evolving. Unfortunately, as the cloud becomes more sophisticated, so do cloud security threats. Advanced threats will target everything from cloud environments to public cloud services, which means you have to stay on the defense at all times.
More recently, it has been found that critical vulnerabilities in certain microprocessors can be exploited. Once this has been done, other programs can actually steal data that is being processed on that computer. For example, the vulnerability Meltdown and Spectre. Meltdown and Spectre refer to unique hardware vulnerabilities that are both equally dangerous. The reason these vulnerabilities pose such high-level threats is because they can occur across any device, from mobile devices to the cloud. In cloud computing instance, the exploitation of these vulnerabilities can allow cyber-criminals to escape software containers and virtual machines. Those who are able to hack into a system using Meltdown and Spectre will be able to read memory and gain access to sensitive information.
While patches have become available for sophisticated threats such as Meltdown and Spectre, they don’t prevent the threat altogether. And in some cases, they can be bypassed altogether. These patches usually make the act more difficult to execute, however, and your organization should have them in place. Speak with your cloud service provider and make sure you understand what their responsibilities are and which are yours. You will want have all the information you need on these current active threats, which patches help, and what other security measures can be taken so that you can work together to the best of your abilities.