Employees putting corporate data at risk
Intermedia research reveals worrying personal cloud storage habits in the workplace
Cloud Expo, ExCeL London (stand 246) - March 11, 2015
Intermedia, a one-stop shop for cloud business applications, will be unveiling at this week’s Cloud Expo that many IT departments still condone employees storing work-related data using personal cloud storage, leaving their organisation vulnerable to data theft. According to new research by Intermedia, a one-stop shop for cloud business applications, 68 per cent of employees favour using personal cloud storage at work and 52 per cent of those employees report to using multiple personal services – as many as six services in some cases.
Use of personal consumer-grade cloud storage services (such as Dropbox and Google Drive) is so prevalent that, according to Intermedia’s research, companies employing 100 staff may find that corporate data is stored on at least 103 different personal accounts.
“These figures reveal some disturbing trends about how employees are sharing files at work. Allowing staff to use personal cloud storage is risky and leaves an organisation wide open to data theft and regulatory compliance failures,” commented Jonathan Levine, CTO at Intermedia. “For instance, many businesses probably haven’t considered what happens if an employee stores confidential corporate data in their personal Dropbox account then quits or the repercussions of any employee deleting crucial work files when they leave.”
More results from Intermedia’s research into personal cloud storage can be found here and Intermedia is also inviting businesses to take its quiz to determine if their company’s data is at risk.
“Consumer-driven services like Dropbox don’t belong in the enterprise, and businesses should find the right file sync and share solution that offers a good balance between IT control and ease of use – and, most importantly, keeps a business’ data safe,” adds Levine.
Intermedia is a one-stop shop for cloud business applications. Its Office in the Cloud™ suite integrates the essential IT services that SMBs need to do business, including email, file syncing and sharing, instant messaging, identity and access management, mobility, security and archiving. Office in the Cloud goes beyond unified communications to encompass a wide breadth of fundamental IT services, delivered by a single provider.
Think of Office in the Cloud as your "Business Cloud Platform." Intermedia’s services are integrated into its HostPilot® Control Panel. This means you have just one login, one password, one bill and one source of support—which makes the cloud easier to use and more efficient to manage. Intermedia further streamlines the experience by offering enterprise-class security, a 99.999% uptime service level agreement and 24/7 phone support with typical hold times of less than 60 seconds.
Intermedia serves over 60,000 businesses and has more than 5,000 active partners, including VARs, MSPs, telcos and cable companies. Its award-winning Partner Program lets partners sell under their own brand with control over billing, pricing and other key elements of their customer relationships. Intermedia is the world’s largest independent provider of hosted Exchange.
Intermedia has over 600 employees worldwide who manage numerous datacenters to power its Office in the Cloud—and who work to deliver customers and partners Intermedia’s Worry-Free Experience™. Learn more at www.Intermedia.co.uk.
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