How Cloud Users Put the Business at Risk

How Cloud Users Put the Business at Risk

How Cloud Users Put the Business at RiskHow Cloud Users Put the Business at Risk

As the cloud makes it easier for users to pick their own apps and services, it’s also added a larger surface for lax security practices.

Well EquippedWell Equipped

On average, survey respondents use two devices for work, and half of those who use cloud-based apps for work have access to three or more IT-approved apps.

Top Devices DeployedTop Devices Deployed

Laptops: 61%, Smartphones: 51%, Tablets: 27%


One-third of survey respondents who use the cloud have downloaded a work-intended app without letting IT know.


One-quarter of survey respondents overall manage passwords in a doc that is not password-protected.

Precarious PostingPrecarious Posting

One-fifth keep passwords in plain sight, such as on a sticky note.

Compromising SituationCompromising Situation

One-fifth of devices that employees have lost were not password-protected.

Under EducatedUnder Educated

58% of survey respondents said their organization has never instructed them about the right way to download and use cloud apps.

Shaky TransitionShaky Transition

44% said their employer never told them how to securely transfer and store private corporate data.


39% said they’ve never been told about the risk of downloading apps without IT’s knowledge.

Youthful AbandonYouthful Abandon

31% of Millennial survey respondents said they’ve downloaded apps without letting IT know, compared to 22% of Baby Boomers who have done this.

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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