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Not Shellshocked: Why Cloud Security is Still a Top Priority

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Not Shellshocked: Why Cloud Security is Still a Top Priority

By now, you’ve probably heard about the Bash bug Shellshock. Even though patches and updates have all-but silenced this potentially disastrous bug, it seems to have started a greater conversation about basic online security.

In case you missed the news, Shellshock is a bug that exploits vulnerability in Bash--the software that interprets commands in Unix systems (like Mac OSX, the Android OS, Linux, and many others). Through a problem in Bash’s semantics, Shellshock could allow even the most inexperienced hacker to access and control your server, phone, tablet, or laptop remotely. The National Institute of Standards and Technology rated the bug a 10 out of 10, meaning it was both easy for hackers to use, and devastating to whomever was being hacked.

After the CERT authorities released their announcement about the vulnerability, the GoodData team immediately sprang into action. We had the GoodData platform patched within a few hours, and completed an external penetration and vulnerability scan, which showed a clean bill of health for the Open Analytics Platform.

Nonetheless, this opens a greater discussion about online privacy and security, which is a discussion we’ve participated in since our inception. At GoodData, security is a part of our DNA, from our engineers through every department and team. We are passionate about educating our customers about smart security measures, and our CloudTrust ranking reflects that. Our dedicated Security Officer and team of security engineers keeps our security strategy on track, but we believe cloud security is everyone’s responsibility.

Of course, we will need to maintain constant diligence in the face of online vulnerabilities, whether they stem from overarching issues with shells, social engineering hacks, or attempts to prove the cloud isn’t safe. We’ve been in the cloud since the beginning, and we will continue to make our platform safer, better, and stronger, no matter what.

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