One of the biggest concerns in the IT channel when it comes to cloud computing has always been security. This would happen with any system being used as the backbone of technology infrastructure, and the cloud is no different. However, according to a recent article from CIO, the bigger problem may be the employees using that system.
The piece cites a study conducted by Softchoice that found employees who use cloud-based applications are considered "significantly more irresponsible" when it comes to password security, file transfers and IT compliance in the office. Any one of these can open up critical company data to leaks and attacks, intentional or otherwise.
The report surveyed 1,000 full-time employees in the United States and Canada about these issues. When it comes to passwords, cloud users are twice as likely to have their password written on a sticky note and 10 times as likely to store it on an unprotected drive.
For file transfers, SaaS app users are twice as likely to email work files to a personal account, four times as likely to attempt to log into a work account from a former job and 16 times more likely to access work files through an app that the IT department is unaware off.
"You've got to have visibility into these SaaS applications," Michael Kane, director of Cloud and Client Software at Softchoice, told CIO. "If you don't, compliance gets very difficult to manage."
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