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Cold Hard Facts on Enterprise Cloud Use and Implications for Cloud Security

Skyhigh Network Cloud Adoption & Risk Report Summarizes Actual Use of Cloud Services within the Enterprise

Here at Skyhigh Networks, we recently released the second edition of the Cloud Adoption and Risk Report. As with the first edition of the report, the purpose of the report is to provide hard data on the actual use of cloud services within enterprises of all sizes. This report summarizes data from approximately 6 million users across 175 companies and 10 industries.

The key findings from the report are listed below and the full report can be downloaded here.

The Wild West is Getting Wilder
Data from more than 175 organizations suggests the use of cloud services is even more rampant than before. 2,675 cloud services are in use across more than 5.9 million users, as opposed to 2,204 services last quarter (21% growth). 626 cloud services are in use by an organization on average, as opposed to 545 last quarter (15% growth), and the highest number of cloud services in use by an organization is now 2,154 as opposed to 1,769 last quarter (22% growth).

IT: Educate Employees Before They Go Rogue
Employees are unaware of the risks of cloud services and are unknowingly putting their organizations at risk. In fact, only 11% of services used were Skyhigh Enterprise-Ready, meaning that they fully satisfied the most stringent requirements for data protection, identity verification, service security, business practices, and legal protection. Only 15% of services supported multi-factor authentication, only 11% of services encrypted data at rest, and only 4.3% of services were ISO 27001 certified.

IT Beginning to Better Understand Risks, Therefore Blocking 50% Fewer Low and Medium Risk Services
Perhaps the most surprising stat in this report is that IT teams are blocking 50% fewer low and medium risk services. Only 7% of low risk services were blocked, down from 11% the previous quarter. Similarly, 6% of medium risk services were blocked, down from 14% in the previous quarter. One justification for this is that IT teams are leveraging services like Skyhigh to quickly and efficiently understand risks of cloud services.
Global Social Media Providers Gain Traction Last quarter all of the top 10 most used social media services were based in the US. Today, 4 of the top 10 most widely used social media services are based outside of the US. These include Weibo and RenRen from China, VK from Russia and Badoo from the UK.

Tracking Services Fastest Growing Category
Admittedly from a small base, but tracking services grew 108% from previous quarter, despite providing no business value, other than more targeted ads. The majority of the tracking services expose enterprises to malware and watering hole attacks.

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More Stories By Rajiv Gupta

Rajiv Gupta is Founder and CEO of Skyhigh Networks. He has more than 20 years of successful enterprise software and security experience, and is widely recognized as a pioneer of Web Services and Client-Utility Computing, which was the precursor to cloud services as we know it today. With over 45 patents to his name, Rajiv has led two other companies to successful acquisitions by Cisco (Securent, Inc) and Oracle (Confluent Software). Previously, Rajiv spent 11 years at HP as GM of the E-speak Division – a division he started in 1998 to bring the Client-Utility Computing technology to market. Under his leadership, E-speak delivered some of the earliest Web Services technologies and standards and has been inducted into the Smithsonian National Archives. @TrustedMind