The use of consumer cloud services is dominant in the workplace despite two-thirds recognising potential security issues.

A survey conducted by Sophos of 214 visitors to its Infosecurity Europe stand found that 45 per cent use consumer cloud services such as Dropbox for work purposes, while 64 per cent thought that such services present potential security issues – demonstrating that, while people understand the security risks these services can present, there is a general failure by businesses to control their use.

Chris Pace, product specialist at Sophos, said: “Businesses need to recognise the huge demand there is for cloud services such as Dropbox and take a proactive approach to incorporating these in security policies.

“What businesses need to remember, however, is that this additional way of dealing with information inherently poses additional security vulnerabilities that need to be addressed before valuable data is compromised.”

Speaking at the event, Julian Jeffery, head of policy and corporate reporting at Telefonica, said security teams should find ways to allow consumer cloud storage into the corporate network; he said security couldn't continue to be the ‘no guys' with such services, but needed to be open with employees and come to a compromise.

In the survey, 49 per cent of respondents said wireless networks in their place of work were protected, but only by a single or small number of passwords.

“Everyone wants to use WiFi because it's flexible and easy, but wireless solutions are inherently complex. Instead of businesses setting up a standard wireless router that connects to the internet with everyone using the same or a limited number of keys, they should be looking for ways to integrate WiFi into their existing network security, giving them both better value and control,” Pace said.