Cloud: Workers Sharing Proprietary Info

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 @ 09:12 AM gHale

As the cloud becomes a more vital part of any business enterprise, securing access to the storage medium is becoming a top concern.

Just take a look at one survey that found 1 in 5 employees has uploaded proprietary corporate data to a cloud application with the specific intent of sharing it outside of the company.

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The same report also found a clear disconnect between cloud usage across the business and existing IT controls with 66 percent of users able to access those cloud storage applications after leaving their last job, said researchers in SailPoint’s 7th Annual Market Pulse Survey.

Despite that 60 percent of employees said they were aware their employer strictly forbids taking intellectual property after leaving the company, 1 in 4 admitted they would take copies of corporate data with them when leaving a company.

Key findings of employee actions around the globe include:
• Employees who have uploaded a sensitive document to share outside their companies via a cloud application (such as DropBox, Box or Google Docs): Australia (11 percent); France (20 percent); Germany (17 percent); Netherlands (13 percent); United Kingdom (18 percent); and United States (22 percent).
• Employees who have purchased and/or deployed a cloud application (such as Salesforce.com, Concur, Workday, DropBox, DocuSign, etc.) without the help of IT: Australia (14 percent); France (14 percent); Germany (16 percent); Netherlands (18 percent); United Kingdom (21 percent) and United States (24 percent).
• Employees who are aware of corporate policy that pays close attentions to who gets access to cloud applications with mission-critical data: Australia (24 percent); France (27 percent); Germany (28 percent); Netherlands (24 percent); United Kingdom (30 percent) and United States (29 percent).
• Employees who were able to access corporate data via cloud storage applications (including Dropbox and Google Docs) after they left their companies: Australia (56 percent); France (70 percent); Germany (70 percent); Netherlands (61 percent); United Kingdom (61 percent) and United States (69 percent).
• Employees who are aware of corporate policies against taking intellectual property when they leave their companies: Australia (68 percent); France (49 percent); Germany (58 percent); Netherlands (57 percent); United Kingdom (60 percent) and United States (61 percent).
• Employees who admitted they would take any corporate data when they left their jobs: Australia (21 percent); France (24 percent); Germany (16 percent); Netherlands (15 percent); United Kingdom (26 percent) and United States (27 percent).

Vanson Bourne, an independent research firm, conducted the survey and interviewed 1,000 workers at large companies with at least 3,000 employees across Australia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.



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