“70% of UK employees use unauthorised cloud services at work” highlights Cloudstanding study

A comprehensive study of over 350 IT professionals reveals that 70% of employees in the UK are using cloud technologies that are not managed or supervised by their company.

The media industry – with 83% of employees using unauthorised services – leads the rankings compared with manufacturing which is at the bottom of the list, but still with 49% of the workforce using uncontrolled cloud technologies.

Commissioned by Cloudstanding.co.uk, a platform which educates and helps businesses adopt cloud technologies, the research was conducted among IT professionals, managers and C-Suite executives in the UK across a variety of sectors and in organisations ranging from SMEs through to enterprises with 5,000-plus employees.

Maarten ten Broeke, Cloudstanding’s co-founder, stated: “Companies are in the dark when it comes to which cloud services are being used by their employees, how much sensitive corporate data is being uploaded and shared and with whom it’s being shared. Cloud services enable productivity and efficiency for employees, but unless they’re properly managed and secured by companies, there will always be the risk of data leaks and security threats entering the company from external sources.”

Most pressing business requirement

Just over 45% of the IT professionals questioned identified employee mobility – which has experienced significant growth off the back of emerging cloud services – as being the biggest business need in the next year, followed by disaster recovery and Big Data analytics.

Further results from the survey reveal that 40% of respondents are concerned about deployment and 37% about the complexity involved in the use of cloud technologies.

ten Broeke continued: “Cloud services can be integrated within companies securely and with the oversight of the IT Department without forcing employees to resort to using these services in the shadows. The resource and technology exists to make this a reality. Greater company-wide education, from the C-Suite to the IT Department, on the benefits of integrating these cloud services would help to minimise the risk of hidden usage.”

The survey was conducted online among a group of 355 IT professionals and decision-makers between 18 April and 1 May this year.

*Cloudstanding is a knowledge platform that provides companies with educational insights and access to a validated network of cloud providers selected by Microsoft, aiming all the while to help companies adopt cloud technologies with confidence

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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