Tech Crunch broke the news yesterday that Animoto, a cloud-based video maker service for social media sites, suffered a data breach in which hackers gained access to names, dates of birth, user email addresses, scrambled passwords and geolocations.

Zohar Alon, CEO and Co-founder at Dome9:

Zohar Alon“Breaches in cloud environments are often the result of misconfigurations and poor security hygiene. With cloud attacks being increasingly automated, the timeframe to detect and respond is extremely brief. Any door left open will be discovered and quickly used to exploit an organization’s valuable assets. Businesses need to monitor their threat landscape on a real-time basis and enforce security discipline. Continuous compliance and active cloud protection are essential to keeping sensitive information safe and secure.”

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Ruchika Mishra, Director of Products and Solutions at Balbix:

“Breaches like this have unfortunately become a regular occurrence now, but the exposure of users’ geolocation data is especially concerning. This breach makes it clear how incredibly challenging it has become for companies to protect customer data across all possible attack vectors, particularly for cloud-based services.  The complexity of continuously monitoring distributed networks and IT assets to stop potential threats is putting pressure on enterprises to consider artificial intelligence and self-learning systems that can better predict future breaches and reduce their risk.”

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