Research report looks at cloud growth and risks
Gigaom Research and CipherCloud have announced the results of their new ‘Shadow IT: Data Protection and Cloud Security’ study. The research examined the extent of enterprises' cloud adoption, the challenges and the risks.
Top risks identified with cloud adoption
Security is the number one cloud adoption concern with 62 percent selecting this is as the top concern. Second at 44 percent were the performance of those applications, and third at 41 percent was the time needed to develop cloud related skills. The study found that IT professional consider encryption as the key aspect of security. By encryption it must be end to end from the moment that the data leaves the network to the data being stored at rest in the cloud.
Number of cloud applications adopted
Over half of survey respondents reported that they had more than 10 cloud applications in production, with a notable 32 percent indicating significant use of 51 or more cloud applications. This only includes the cloud applications that IT is aware of and controls; it does not include shadow IT cloud instances.
Growth of shadow IT
One of the big challenges is to have visibility into cloud adoption within organizations. Among line of business employees, 81 percent admitted to using unauthorized SaaS applications. 38 percent of employees deliberately went around IT in adopting applications because IT approval process in their companies is reportedly too slow.
Most popular cloud applications
The study revealed that the most commonly requested cloud applications were those related to communications, file sync-and-share and disaster recovery, followed rapidly by CRM and other sales automation tools.
The full study report can be read here (PDF).
•Date: 18th November 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing