70% of UK employees use unauthorised cloud services at work

Unauthorised cloud services are used by 70 percent of UK employees at work.

A new study from Cloudstanding polled 355 IT pros and decision makers in the UK dedicated to finding insights on the view of the cloud and its usage.

“Cloud services enable productivity and efficiency for employees, but unless it is properly managed and secured by companies, there will always be the risk of data leaks and security threats entering the company from external sources,” said Maarten ten Broeke, co-founder of Cloudstanding.

With a majority of a staff using cloud technology that is not managed by their company, 45 percent of respondents feel secure employee mobility  and BYOD may be the biggest business need in the coming year followed by disaster recovery and big data analytics. Furthermore, 40 percent were concerned about deployment and 37 percent about the complexity involved in the use of cloud tech.

The media industry leads the ranking with 83 percent of employees using unauthorised cloud services closely followed by hospitality and travel (81 percent), logistics (80 percent), and insurance and legal (78 percent). Manufacturing is at the bottom of the ranks, with 49 percent of employees using uncontrolled cloud technology.

“Greater, company-wide education, from the C-suite to the IT department, on the benefits of integrating these cloud services, would help to minimise the risk of hidden usage,” Broeke concluded.