August 28, 2013

The Cloud Application Explosion: Risks and Recommendations

  • Osterman Research on behalf of McAfee

A large and growing number of cloud based applications being deployed in organizations of all sizes to provide a variety of capabilities, including email, real-time communications, social media, file sharing, file storage, telephony and other services.  For example, Dropbox is currently used in 68% of organizations, but only 45% of these deployments have the blessing of the IT department. Similarly, Apple iCloud is used in 65% of organizations, but only 57% of these deployments have IT's blessing; while SkyDrive is used in 44% of organizations with only 56% having IT's blessing. This executive brief, completed by Osterman Research, looks at the risks and offers recommendations to address the growing use of cloud-based applications. 

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