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January 9, 2015updated 23 Aug 2016 9:08am

Companies are in the dark on shadow IT usage

A Cloud Security Alliance survey also reveals how data security in the cloud has moved from the IT room to the boardroom.

By James Nunns

Survey responses from more than 200 IT and security professionals reveal that 72% do not know the number of shadow IT apps within their organisation.

The survey also highlighted that decisions concerning the security of data in the cloud has shifted from the IT room to the boardroom, with 61% of companies indicating that executives are now involved in such decisions.

Jim Reavis, CEO of the CSA said: "As companies move data to the cloud, they are looking to put in place policies and processes so that employees can take advantage of cloud services that drive business growth without compromising the security, compliance, and governance of corporate data,"

Although the security of data remains a top barrier to cloud adoption, 74% of respondents indicated that they are still moving ahead with adoption of cloud services.

According to the report however, large enterprises are more hesitant when it comes to investing heavily in cloud services, with only 36% spending more than 20% of the IT budget on cloud services.

When it comes to policies and procedures for managing cloud adoption, large enterprises have the most in place. Companies with more than 5,000 employees are more likely to have a cloud governance committee (35% versus 12%), have a policy on acceptable cloud usage (61% versus 45%), and have a security awareness training program (26% versus 20%) compared to companies with fewer than 5,000 employees.

The survey was aimed at the American, EMEA and APAC regions, with respondents from APAC indicating the highest level of adoption plans. However, 34% of respondents indicated that a lack of knowledge and experience on the part of IT and business managers was a main reason for slow or lack of adoption.

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