Business Executives Look the Other Way When it comes to Data Security in the Cloud, Survey Shows
C-Levels Less Concerned with Security, More Apt to Bend Rules Against Cloud App Usage
September 24, 2013
business professionals are worried about the security of cloud-based
applications, they are not deterred from using them to store their personal and
professional data, and they are not losing sleep over their data and
information, according to a recent survey from SafeNet Labs, the creator of SafeMonk.
Labs, a technology incubator initiative of SafeNet, Inc., asked hundreds of business
professionals worldwide if they were worried about the security of the
cloud-based applications or data stored in the cloud, 52 percent checked "Yes"; however,
sixty-four percent of respondents said they still frequently use cloud-based
apps to store their personal and professional data. Ironically, when asked what
keeps them up at night regarding their data and information, more than half
answered, "Nothing keeps me up; I sleep like a baby."
examination of the survey data shows that the higher a person is on the
corporate ladder the more they use file-sharing services like Dropbox, despite
company policies against it (33 percent of C-level titles said "yes" versus 18
percent of associates). The majority of respondents, 59 percent, said they
"wouldn’t be surprised" if they found out that their boss or executives were
using file-sharing apps like Dropbox, despite a policy against doing so. In general,
C-level executives (39 percent checked "Yes") are less concerned about security
in the cloud than associates (54 percent checked "Yes.")
"What this survey suggests is
that cloud app usage and document storage continue to proliferate, and that
organizations should reexamine antiquated attitudes towards usage of these apps
across the enterprise," said Tsion Gonen, Chief Strategy Officer, SafeNet, Inc.
"It’s clear that top-level executives understand the advantages of cloud app
usage, and should enable their companies to leverage these advantages by
adopting contemporary security tools and practices."
also factors into respondents’ attitudes about data security in the cloud. For example, the usage of
cloud-based apps is far greater in EMEA than in the U.S. or APAC; so too are
the levels of concern about data security and corporate policies against using
cloud apps. However, EMEA respondents are more likely to ignore those very same
policies. Who they are concerned about also varies—when it comes to their data
privacy, respondents in the U.S. and EMEA are most concerned with the
government, while APAC is most concerned with Google. Additionally, APAC
respondents are the group most kept up at night when it comes to their data and
information, worrying that it will be maliciously exploited.
percent of respondents are most concerned with someone hacking into their banking
and financial apps. The systems most frequently used by respondents for file
storage are Dropbox (39 percent) and desk drawers (25 percent); and email
continues to be the dominant means for sharing files (68 percent), according to
conducted this survey in August 2013. For a complete
copy of the survey data set, contact Trisha Paine at firstname.lastname@example.org. SafeNet Labs is the creator of
SafeMonk, the world’s only tap-proof encryption solution designed specifically
for users of the file-sharing service Dropbox.
Founded in 2012 by data protection leader,
SafeNet, Inc., SafeNet Labs is a technology incubator dedicated to developing
next-generation solutions to some of the biggest problems facing information
security. SafeNet Labs created SafeMonk to offer tap-proof security with simplicity that doesn’t break Dropbox.