Survey: High-Risk Cloud Practices Common

hr-cloud-storageThe cloud is hovering over more and more organizations, adopted by companies at an ever-increasing rate. But are cloud apps being used to our advantage — or are they just adding more risks?

According to a recent survey of North American and European companies, the potential risks are everywhere — and not always noticeable. Among the findings:

  • 86% of cloud applications are unsanctioned (AKA, “Shadow IT”). One such example: a U.S. company estimated 10 to 15 file sharing applications were in use — but discovered almost 70!
  • Only 9% of the clouds used by European companies were either based in Europe or in European-approved data transfer regions, while 21% were U.S. clouds and Safe Harbour approved. That leaves 70% using U.S. clouds without Safe Harbour certification.
  • The riskiest applications? Surveyor CipherCloud rated 52% of applications in publishing as high risk, along with social (42%) and career clouds (40%).

Learn how to handle cloud-based computing and other IT/DR issues — sign up for DRI’s IT/DR Planning course today!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s