Why Your Company Needs a Cloud Strategy in Place

By now, the majority of business leaders appreciate the benefits of using the cloud. In the U.S. small business sector alone, cloud use is forecasted to more than double, likely reaching 80 percent adoption by 2020, according to data from Emergent Research and Intuit. However, cloud adoption is not the same the world over.

In fact, Network Computing noted that approximately one-third of companies in the United Kingdom have actually banned their employees from using the cloud, citing security concerns about public cloud platforms like Dropbox and Amazon Web Services.

“Even though administrators have tried to prevent their staff from utilizing cloud services, it appears that the technology is unstoppable.”

Even though administrators have tried to prevent their staff from utilizing cloud services, it appears that the technology is unstoppable. A survey from Connected Data found employees are still leveraging the cloud, even in the face of corporate punishments and threats to company information.

Staff still using the cloud despite security concerns
In fact, in 64 percent of organizations, cloud use goes unmonitored, despite 90 percent of IT decision-makers noting concerns about the risk posed by public cloud platforms. Even among those that have banned the cloud – including 33 percent of survey respondents – more than half noted that they would be unable to determine if their workers were using the technology in spite of rules against it.

“Staff at U.K. firms who break rules about public cloud usage in the workplace could be in for a big shock,” Network Computing stated. “More than a fifth (22 percent) of the firms interviewed said staff would be instantly dismissed for using public cloud while 40 percent would issue staff a written warning.”

Why are employees using the cloud?
So what’s driving these staff members to use the cloud despite these consequences? The study found that more than half – 54 percent – leverage the cloud in order to access files on the different devices they use for work. In addition, 48 percent opted for the cloud due to its overall ease of use.

The number of employees willing to utilize the cloud in spite of the potential punishments and risks involved demonstrates the importance of having a proper cloud strategy in place.

Even when banned from doing so, employees use the cloud to access files on different devices. Even when banned from doing so, employees use the cloud to access files on different devices.

“Penalties to staff are serious, yet the need to share files across different devices is leading them to break company policy and put their jobs on the line,” noted Dr. Geoff Barrall, Connected Data’s CEO. “The survey highlights how important it is to address this dilemma before more company data is lost or exposed.”

With a cross-company solution to ensure the security of connections to the cloud, company leaders can rest easier knowing that their information is protected. And, since their employees are using the technology anyway, it’s imperative to guarantee that the cloud is being utilized in a safe and secure manner.

Secure cloud connections with Talari’s WAN to the Cloud
One of the best ways to ensure that the cloud is secure is through Talari’s WAN to the Cloud solution. With this technology in place, connections to the cloud are encrypted, allowing for all information to be protected even when traveling across public Internet links.

The system leverages up to a 256-bit AES encryption, as well as additional available security measures to help guarantee that data isn’t compromised or stolen by an unauthorized third party. With Talari’s WAN to the Cloud, one data session can be divided amongst several links, making it nearly impossible to reassemble and decipher.

Click here to find out more and schedule a demo of Talari’s WAN to the Cloud.

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