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Employees Accessing the Cloud

How organizations are addressing security & privacy concerns

For many organizations, cloud computing has become an integral part of their everyday business. Many companies are relying on cloud applications for fundamental operations such as CRM and email and are looking to increase utilization of the cloud for other functions. For others, adoption of the cloud along with internal communication about proper protocols for usage has perhaps been slower to evolve or implement.

As recently highlighted in this article in Forbes, it's been widely observed that employees are experiencing the benefits of cloud computing at home and are often times transferring this personal use into the workplace. Popular applications employees are using both places include Gmail, Skype and Dropbox.

Employee Cloud Usage & Security Risks
According to a recent survey, "rogue" employee cloud usage has become an issue because it sometimes lacks organizational awareness or approval - a problem for 70% of respondents. But, the survey also reveals that companies may be "cracking down" on this unauthorized use of cloud applications.

The primary concern for the enterprise is the sensitive business data that may be sent to various cloud services without proper oversight from IT and security departments. To protect a company's privacy and be fully compliant, the IT and security team need to ensure that any and all cloud services used are adherent to corporate guidelines and external regulations.

The survey also shows that the majority of organizations (65%) won't take rash action when learning of improper employee usage and many (48%) will work closely with employees to better manage cloud use.

This is positive news for all parties as employees and management alike would not want to lose the benefits of cloud applications and the organization does not want to overly inhibit productivity or foster employee dissatisfaction.

Accessing Cloud Applications Securely - A Solution for the Enterprise and Its Employees
For the enterprise that wants to safely and securely enable employees to utilize important and productive cloud applications without inhibiting or changing the end-user experience, a Cloud Encryption Gateway is a viable solution. These gateways are built to preserve the end-user experience and functionality while securing sensitive data whether it is at rest, in transit or on the cloud. When implementing this type of solution, security and IT teams can satisfy organizational regulations and procedures while maintaining usability and access for employees. PerspecSys is a leading provider of this sort of solution, and is helping organizations embrace the cloud for mission critical applications in Customer Relationship Management, IT Service Management, Collaboration and more.

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PerspecSys Inc. is a leading provider of cloud protection and cloud encryption solutions that enable mission-critical cloud applications to be adopted throughout the enterprise. Cloud security companies like PerspecSys remove the technical, legal and financial risks of placing sensitive company data in the cloud. PerspecSys accomplishes this for many large, heavily regulated companies across the world by never allowing sensitive data to leave a customer's network, while maintaining the functionality of cloud applications. For more information please visit http://www.perspecsys.com/ or follow on Twitter @perspecsys.

More Stories By Gerry Grealish

Gerry Grealish is Vice President, Marketing & Products, at PerspecSys. He is responsible for defining and executing PerspecSys’ marketing vision and driving revenue growth through strategic market expansion and new product development. Previously, he ran Product Marketing for the TNS Payments Division, helping create the marketing and product strategy for its cloud-based payment gateway and tokenization/encryption security solutions. He has held senior marketing and leadership roles for venture-backed startups as well as F500 companies, and his industry experience includes enterprise analytical software, payment processing and security services, and marketing and credit risk decisioning platforms.

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