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