Businesses Want More Security in Cloud Storage Platforms
Survey results indicate security and data governance concerns within the enterprise are driving enterprise file sync and share (EFFS) adoption.A variety of file-related needs is fueling the growing cloud storage market, according to a survey of 300 IT professionals conducted by CTERA Networks. Security and data governance concerns within the enterprise are driving enterprise file sync and share (EFFS) adoption. In 2014, the survey found, 35 percent of organizations experienced corporate data leakage as a result of employees sharing files through often-unsanctioned FSS services -- a four percent over 2013. "IT professionals are struggling to control and serve employees when it comes to file sharing. Employees tend to use cloud file sharing services that are unsanctioned, bringing new security and data leakage threats into the enterprise on a daily basis," Rani Osnat, vice president of strategic marketing at CTERA, told eWEEK. "By circumventing IT to use these services, employees are exposing their organization to numerous security, legal and regulatory risks. While more than a third of organizations might strictly forbid the use of file sharing applications entirely, employee preference and demand for Dropbox-like services have made FSS a requirement for most corporations." Nearly three out of four companies (73 percent) have implemented or are considering an alternative to public FSS, and two- thirds of those favor private or "virtual private" cloud storage solutions over SaaS solutions.
Forty-two percent of enterprises in the more heavily regulated financial services, government and life sciences industries and 40 percent of organizations with 10,000 employees or more prefer a completely private cloud that does not rely on external hosted infrastructure, according to survey results.