Data Mobility, Security Top Cloud Computing Concerns
BYOD initiatives are causing headaches for IT departments as they struggle to prevent corporate data leaks onto public clouds.The biggest concerns of IT decision-makers dealing with public clouds are the loss of corporate data and control of data, a reflection of the known threats and risks of data leakage into the public cloud, according to a survey of more than 150 chief information officers (CIOs) conducted by storage services specialist Mezeo Software. Results suggest the worry factor over data leakage onto the public cloud was high, with more than 80 percent of respondents rating their concern as an eight or higher on a scale of one to 10, with 10 representing the most worried. Compliance and data availability were also highlighted as concerns, but were considered less worrying than data leakage. For the most part, survey respondents were not as concerned about data theft. However, no one believed their organization was exempt from data leakage to public clouds.
The rise of bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives and personal decision-making by employees were cited as the greatest causes of data leakage, but only 42 percent of respondents said they were actively preventing data from being stored on public clouds. Budgetary restraints, a lack of available options to help keep corporate data behind firewalls, and an inability to mandate that users stop using consumer tools and public clouds were the top obstacles to stopping data leakage.