Companies Worry About Security Implications of Cloud Services
An annual report on the state of the cloud economy by the Cloud Security Alliance finds that companies are still worried about cloud adoption, even as their employees are increasingly using services.While companies and their employees continue to wholeheartedly adopt cloud services, the security implications of having business data regularly stored online increasingly worry executives, according to an annual survey by the Cloud Security Alliance. The Cloud Adoption Practices and Priorities Survey Report found that 74 percent of companies plan to adopt cloud services this year, but only 8 percent believe they know what apps their employees are using. In addition, only 21 percent of companies have a group or committee tasked with creating cloud security policies; another 31 percent plan to create such a group. The responses show that companies are worried about the pace that their employees are moving to cloud services, Kamal Shah, vice president of products for cloud-security firm Skyhigh Networks, told eWEEK. Skyhigh Networks conducted the survey, which was published by the Cloud Security Alliance. "What has happened over the past few years is that the mindset has shifted from blocking cloud services to enabling cloud services," Shah said. "They are using cloud to drive the business forward, but also need to make sure that security policies are in place."
Other surveys have shown a similar trend. On Jan. 8, cloud-security firm Netskope released its own report showing that employees of the average company used 613 cloud apps in the fourth quarter of 2014, up from 579 in the previous quarter. As many as 15 percent of workers, however, admitted to having their credentials compromised, the Netskope report found.