Security a Rising Concern for Cloud-Based Application Usage
A survey indicates unsafe password management continues to be a challenge, as is the usage of applications not sanctioned by the company.Although a large majority of businesses are planning to increase the number of cloud applications used in their organizations, 71 percent admit they are using cloud apps that have not been sanctioned by their IT departments, according to a survey of 200 IT and business professionals on the adoption, use and security of cloud applications conducted by identity management provider OneLogin and security consultancy FlyingPenguin. With access to these applications taking place from a variety of locations including smartphones (80 percent), tablets (71 percent) and non-company computers (80 percent) and with a large percentage of organizations (73 percent) needing to grant temporary access to cloud apps, respondents cited concerns around identity management, governance and complexity. “This survey demonstrated that 2013 will be a tipping point in cloud adoption,” OneLogin CEO Thomas Pedersen said in a statement. “With enterprises rapidly turning to cloud apps, the inherent risks in practices like using unsanctioned apps or sharing passwords on sticky notes need to be addressed, and quickly.” The survey indicated unsafe password management continues to be a challenge, with 43 percent of respondents admitting that employees manage passwords in spreadsheets or on sticky notes and 34 percent share passwords with their co-workers for applications like FedEx, Twitter, Staples and LinkedIn. Twenty percent of respondents said they experienced an employee still being able to log in after leaving the company.