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April 15, 2015

Majority of cloud apps are not enterprise ready

Organisations are now using an average of 511 cloud apps.

By CBR Staff Writer

According to a Netskope report, nine out of ten cloud apps are not ready for enterprise use, with compromised credentials continuing to stand as a major barrier.

According to the report 13.6% of enterprise users have had their log-in details compromised.

A shocking finding from the report was that 23.6% of access to customer relationship manager (CRM) apps in the cloud is by users who’ve had their accounts compromised in a data breach.

25% of organisations grouped under the Netskope Cloud now use more than 1,000 apps across the globe while the average number of cloud apps has increased 16% this quarter to 730, including those sanctioned and unsanctioned ones.

In Europe, organisations are now using an average of 511 cloud apps.

Among the apps used by European organisations, cloud storage and social apps dominate the top 20 apps which account for 32% of total cloud app usage.

Netskope CEO and founder Sanjay Beri said, "While there’s a more common understanding and acceptance of ‘shadow IT’ across organisations, there’s a corresponding rise in the volume of unsanctioned cloud apps in use."

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"This should make IT teams stop and think, but it’s not a cause for mass panic.

"Like it or not, this is the new reality for IT; it’s thus critical that organisations maintain a deep level of visibility and governance over their cloud app infrastructure so they can spot and mitigate a suspicious pattern before it becomes an issue."

In terms of category, Marketing apps remain the most prevalent, though they are cagegorised as "medium" or below in terms enterprise readiness, while more than 90% of apps in categories including Human Resources, Productivity, Content Management and Finance/Accounting also rated "medium" or below.

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