Waltham, MA – February 17, 2015 – Today’s IT department gets creative when it comes to getting the job done according to an independent survey commissioned by CloudLock, the leading cloud information security provider. The recent survey sought to understand the perception of IT security policies related to the cloud and other technologies, and whether policies help or hinder day-to-day productivity, collaboration and innovation. The results revealed that IT departments are significantly more likely to take action, be that unsanctioned workarounds, or transferring work documents to personal devices, to complete their work.
Key survey findings include:
IT Does Whatever It Takes to Get the Job Done Regardless of Potential Consequences
Based on these findings, it’s evident that employees want to deliver high quality work in an efficient manner. When companies deny access to certain applications that increase efficiency and productivity, the work suffers and employees inevitably find ways around it. More than 55 percent of all employees use their company credentials to login to at least one application. Additionally, most organizations do not allow their end users to share company material with their personal accounts. An analysis of CloudLock’s own data shows that more than 40 percent of all external sharing happens with personal email accounts, a major issue as companies try to control or restrict access.
The Line is Blurred Between Personal and Professional Devices
The need to be accessible remotely is consistently growing and employees are using their company credentials to login to mobile apps at increasingly higher rates. A year ago, 10 percent of all unique apps CloudLock detected were mobile; this number has grown up to approximately 25 percent.
Your Employees Are in the Clouds, Why Aren’t You?
“It is clear that employees, in particular the IT department, only want to do the very best for their companies and will seek out ways to be more efficient and produce quality work. As a business owner, why would you want to get in their way,” said Gil Zimmerman, CEO and co-founder of CloudLock. “Companies need to allow employees to work how they want to work and arm them with the tools needed to drive company innovation, collaboration and ultimately growth while providing broad guardrails to ensure critical company assets are protected.”
An infographic illustrating the findings can be found here.
CloudLock commissioned independent research firm ResearchNow to study IT security policy perception of 1,000 consumers in Q4 2014. Additional data referenced includes Apps Stats collected and analyzed by CloudLock from 225 domains, with more than 500,000 users.
CloudLock is the cloud-native CASB and Cloud Cybersecurity Platform that helps organizations securely leverage cloud apps they buy and build. CloudLock delivers security visibility and control for SaaS, IaaS, PaaS and IDaaS environments across the entire enterprise in seconds. Founded by Israeli Elite Cybersecurity Military Intelligence experts, the company delivers actionable cybersecurity intelligence through its data scientist-led CyberLab and crowdsourced security analytics across billions of data points daily. CloudLock has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as the fastest growing security product company in the U.S. and by Glassdoor as one of the top 3 best places to work in the U.S. Learn more at www.cloudlock.com.
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