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Survey: Nearly Half of Employees Who Know Their Employer Bans File Sharing Services for Work Use Them Anyway
One in Five Employees Uses Dropbox Specifically to Store Work Files; Executives are Worst Culprits
By: PR Newswire
Dec. 3, 2012 08:30 AM
NATICK, Mass., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nasuni®, a provider of enterprise storage to large, distributed organizations, today released its Special Report on Shadow IT in the Workplace, which revealed that large numbers of employees use Dropbox and other consumer file sharing services for sensitive work-related data, even if they know that their employer has a specific policy banning the use of such services.
Businesses rely on corporate IT teams to manage secure protection and controlled access to critical data. When employees use consumer-grade file sharing services for work files, they override the systems in place and usurp the responsibility of IT. As the flood of consumer mobile devices entering the workplace rises, the risk of data loss and exposure is growing.
Nasuni surveyed more than 1,300 corporate IT users to investigate the use of consumer file sharing services and their connection with the rise of BYOD. Some of the findings include:
"Consumer file sharing services and mobile devices have introduced enterprise employees to a new world of powerful, easy to use capabilities," said Andres Rodriguez, CEO of Nasuni. "And, as our survey demonstrates, because the enterprise has been very slow to roll out services with a comparable value, their employees are using the same services at work that they use to share photos and documents with their friends. As a result, enterprise IT is rapidly losing control of corporate data. It's a risky proposition that IT needs to be in front of, and not behind."
Nasuni is privately held and based in Natick, Mass. For more information, visit www.nasuni.com.
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