Many people are unclear about whether or not their employer has cloud storage policies in place, new research has revealed. According to security firm WinMagic, more than four in ten employees use cloud storage services such as Dropbox and Google Drive once a week or more.
Meanwhile, half admitted to accessing work information and services on their personal equipment just as frequently. However, only one in three were found to use a cloud-based service approved by their company.
Furthermore, 43 per cent admitted they do not know what policy their employer has on their use, while 22 per cent said they do not know if a policy on cloud storage exists at their firm at all. Darin Welfare, vice-president for Europe at WinMagic, said the findings highlight why managing data security in the cloud is very difficult for businesses.
“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,” he commented. Interestingly, one in ten people who use cloud storage services once a week or more are not confident their data is secure.
In addition, one in 20 revealed they use cloud services even though their employer has explicitly restricted their use. Mr Welfare has therefore urged organisations to take steps to get to grips with this problem, such as ensure that all company data is encrypted before employees are able to upload it to the cloud.
He added that stringent security policies and employee education programmes need to be put in place, so the potential dangers of cloud-based services are adequately conveyed to members of staff. “Businesses must catch up with the employee cloud revolution or risk potentially catastrophic data loss,” he stated.