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Are Cloud Sharing Services Safe for Businesses?

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Are Cloud Sharing Services Safe for Businesses?

Slick Cyber Systems a managed service provider for I.T. service servicing customers worldwide is more often asked about cloud sharing applications and the implications of using them.  So we feel that bringing this article to our customers would be helpful in understanding the serious concerns of Cloud applications and if they are right for business.

Are Cloud Sharing Services Safe for Businesses?

About half of IT professionals think public cloud sharing services are one of the biggest security risks companies face, new research finds.

IT leaders surveyed said popular cloud sharing services — such as Dropbox, Google Docs and Box — are not suitable for business use, according to a study by global software company Axway and the Ponemon Institute, an independent research firm.

Specifically, 89 percent of the people who expressed concerns about these services worry about their inability to know if sensitive or confidential data was lost or stolen due to a data breach in the public cloud. Moreover, 80 percent are afraid these services could lead to the loss of intellectual property.

“In recent years, employees have been increasingly adopting public cloud tools — such as Dropbox, Box, and Google Docs— to exchange and share documents and company information in the workplace,” said Dave Butcher, senior director of product portfolio management at Axway. “These tools provide a great user experience, but there are serious question marks about their enterprise-class security credentials, illustrated by the fact that many financial and healthcare organizations block their use.”

The research shows that 66 percent of businesses rank file sharing as a high or very high risk. Another concern is that many businesses don’t even know if their employees are using public cloud services. Nearly 70 percent of those surveyed said they are not likely to know whether employees are using unapproved and risky file-sharing tools.

“The results of this study definitively illustrate that organizations are highly concerned about the security risks posed by both public cloud and on-premise file-sharing tools, and they’re absolutely right to be wary of them,” said Larry Ponemon, chairman, and founder of the Ponemon Institute. “We’re acutely aware of the potentially catastrophic consequences that can occur as a result of security breaches of these tools.”

The study was based on surveys of 621 IT and IT security practitioners with involvement in setting IT security priorities, managing IT security budgets, selecting vendors and contractors, and evaluating program performance.

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