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Wednesday, 30 September 2015 13:48

Employees are driving cloud storage adoption

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Cloud usage is being driven by shadow IT and employees are ignoring company policies on cloud usage

A new survey by WinMagic shows 65% of employees don’t have or don’t know the company policy on cloud storage, and 1 in 20 employees who use cloud services at least once a week, do so despite these services being restricted by their company.

The survey, conducted by CensusWide, looked at 1,000 office workers in organisations of 50 or more employees revealed widespread, and often unilateral employee use of cloud storage services. Of those surveyed over 41% use cloud storage services at least once a week however what they use and what you think they use can be very different. Of those surveyed just 35% of employees used a company sanctioned service, whilst 43% were unaware of their employer’s policy on the use of these services. In addition, of those that use cloud storage at least once a week, 1 in 10 have no confidence in the security of their data. 

Commenting on the survey Darin Welfare, EMEA VP at WinMagic, said: “This survey highlights the challenge businesses face when managing data security in the cloud. IT teams have had to cede a level of control as employees have greater access to services outside corporate control and this research indicates that IT must take additional steps to protect and control company data in this new technology landscape. The wide range of employee adoption of these services also means an additional layer of complexity when devising corporate policies and education programmes for the use of cloud storage services.”

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