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Rise in cloud app data sharing exposes enterprises to greater risk

Netskope has announced findings from its July 2014 Netskope Cloud Report, a quarterly report that monitors cloud app usage trends. The report revealed increasing rates of data sharing across a diverse range of cloud apps, from storage to business intelligence to HR. One out of every five cloud apps now allows users to share and collaborate on content, which includes files, links and videos. Additionally, the report found that for every one upload to a cloud storage app, there are three shares on average.

Based on aggregated, anonymized data from the Netskope Active Platform, the report's findings are based on tens of billions of cloud app events seen across millions of users between April and June of 2014. Enterprises are continuing to adopt cloud apps at a fast pace, with an average of 508 apps per organization in Q2. Additionally, 88 percent of apps are not enterprise ready, scoring a ‘medium’ or below in the Netskope Cloud Confidence Index: and 74 percent of total usage occurs in those higher risk apps.

"There's been a considerable increase in usage of apps that include sharing functionality — many of which are unsanctioned," said Sanjay Beri, CEO and founder, Netskope. "This goes beyond traditional cloud storage apps; more and more, employees are sharing sensitive data through these apps and introducing new security and compliance challenges to enterprises. The good news here is that IT is increasingly aware of this phenomenon and taking steps to effectively monitor all apps being used in the network to neutralize these issues."

What are apps doing wrong?

Enterprise-ready apps typically have defined administrative and/or access rights, strong security features, and established business continuity plans and procedures in the case of technology failure or natural disaster. However, many apps in use in enterprises lack sufficient safeguards, putting data at risk. According to data from the Netskope Active Platform, 77 percent of total app usage occurred in apps stored in multi-tenant environments. Additionally, more than one in five apps used did not have a published disaster recovery plan, exposing organizations to an even greater level of risk.

With most of the usage occurring in non-enterprise-ready apps, IT must look at app usage in the context of the user, content, location, activity, and device type to create the most effective security programs and policies for their needs in order to mitigate risk and encourage confidence in cloud app use.

To download the Netskope Cloud Report or related infographic go to www.netskope.com/netskope-cloud-report

•Date: 1st August 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Enterprise risk management

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