Consider that the Russian firm Elcomsoft has developed what they dub ‘password recovery assistance' software that with a single beefed-up PC can accelerate a brute force or rainbow password attack routine by up to 20,000 times. At this level of brute-force attack, according to reporting in InfoSecurity, it only takes around 15 minutes to crack an admin password on a typical server. So when did Elcomsoft release this game changing approach? Answer: 2009.
Keep all that in mind and consider that earlier this year, cloud security firm, Trend Micro, commissioned a survey of 1200 enterprise IT decision makers (in the U.S., UK, Germany, India, Canada and Japan) and found that 43% experienced security lapses in the cloud within the last 12 months. 10% of respondents had active cloud based projects in production, nearly half had cloud based projects in the works. But the same survey, according to InfoSecurity, forecasts a 5X growth in cloud computing over the next few years. Trend Micro produces security software designed for cloud server management to prevent data theft, business disruptions, and compliance violations with server security for virtualized datacenters. Conclusion: either the cloud will need this new level of security software, or it's already out of date.