Cloud-based apps increase malware risk, study says

New research from Netskope, a cybersecurity company, found that 400 cloud applications delivered malware in 2022, tripling the number of distinct cloud applications that delivered malware in 2021. 

The researchers found that 30 percent of all cloud malware downloads originated from Microsoft OneDrive, according to a Jan. 10 Netskope news release.

"Attackers are increasingly abusing business-critical cloud apps to deliver malware by bypassing inadequate security controls," Ray Canzanese, Netskope threat research director, said. "That is why it is imperative that more organizations inspect all HTTP and HTTPS traffic, including traffic for popular cloud apps, both company and personal instances, for malicious content."

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