Business executives still frequently use cloud-based apps to store data: Survey

30th September 2013 | By Mouseworld Now Correspondent |

New Delhi, India, September 30, 2013: While most business professionals are worried about the security of cloud-based applications, they are not deterred from using them to store their personal and professional data, and they are not losing sleep over their data and information, according to a recent survey from SafeNet Labs, the creator of SafeMonk.

When SafeNet Labs, a technology incubator initiative of SafeNet, Inc., asked hundreds of business professionals worldwide if they were worried about the security of the cloud-based applications or data stored in the cloud, 52 percent checked “Yes”; however, sixty-four percent of respondents said they still frequently use cloud-based apps to store their personal and professional data. Ironically, when asked what keeps them up at night regarding their data and information, more than half answered, “Nothing keeps me up; I sleep like a baby.”

Further examination of the survey data shows that the higher a person is on the corporate ladder the more they use file-sharing services like Dropbox, despite company policies against it (33 percent of C-level titles said “yes” versus 18 percent of associates). The majority of respondents, 59 percent, said they “wouldn’t be surprised” if they found out that their boss or executives were using file-sharing apps like Dropbox, despite a policy against doing so. In general, C-level executives (39 percent checked “Yes”) are less concerned about security in the cloud than associates (54 percent checked “Yes”).

Tsion Gonen, Chief Strategy Officer, SafeNet, said, “What this survey suggests is that cloud app usage and document storage continue to proliferate, and that organizations should reexamine antiquated attitudes towards usage of these apps across the enterprise. It’s clear that top-level executives understand the advantages of cloud app usage, and should enable their companies to leverage these advantages by adopting contemporary security tools and practices.”

Location also factors into respondents’ attitudes about data security in the cloud. Overall, 52 percent of respondents are most concerned with someone hacking into their banking and financial apps. The systems most frequently used by respondents for file storage are Dropbox (39 percent) and desk drawers (25 percent); and email continues to be the dominant means for sharing files (68 percent), according to the data.

 

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