Skyrocketing Cloud App Use Raises Enterprise Security Risks
Businesses must deal with the proliferation of cloud services inside their networks, and most of these services are not approved, a new study finds.The number of cloud services used by corporate employees has dramatically increased in the past quarter, with most of the services not approved by business management, according to data released May 7 by cloud-management firm Skyhigh Networks. The average large company used 759 cloud services as of April 2014, a jump of 21 percent from the previous quarterly measurement. The total number of services used by the Skyhigh's clients jumped to 3,571, from 2,251 the previous quarter, with most of the increase coming from services not meeting enterprise standards of security, according to the company's Cloud Adoption & Risk Report Q2 2014. An increase of 133 cloud services for the average company is not surprising, Kamal Shah, co-founder and vice president of product marketing for Skyhigh told eWEEK."Users are constantly embracing new types of cloud services," he said. Skyhigh tracked trends using anonymized data from its customer base of 250 companies consisting of 8.3 million users. Using its data, the company found that a third of cloud services were initially vulnerable to the Heartbleed Secure Sockets Layer encryption bug, but that number has now dropped to less than 1 percent. The firm also found that 18 percent of its customers had at least 1,000 PCs running Windows XP, which Microsoft stopped supporting in early April.
The most significant cloud trend is that workers are increasingly bringing the cloud with them on the mobile devices that they carry to work every day.