Consumer Cloud dangers uncovered by Computacenter survey

Europe’s leading independent provider of IT infrastructure services, Computacenter, has recently uncovered the dangers of Consumer Cloud solutions as part of a new survey.

According to Computacenter’s research, 56% of the IT decision makers’ surveyed say that they’re worried that files and data could be accessed by the wrong people, or that the usage of cloud services could lead to compliance breaches.

Popular consumer cloud solutions, such as Dropbox and SkyDrive, can be hazardous as the moment a file is moved into one of these storage solutions, it then becomes outside the control of the owner.

These consumer cloud products and services, sometimes referred to as ‘stealth cloud’ or ‘shadow IT’, are edging their way into the corporate mainstream and the impact on business IT management could be disastrous.

“It’s imperative that businesses address this problem now. It’s clear that everyone knows the risks of Consumer Cloud products, but until the correct solutions are put in place… Employees will continue to use them whatever the consequences,” discusses Cloud Practice Leader, Paul Casey, who headed the research.

Computacenter offers pointers as to what can be done to avoid the risks of Consumer Cloud solutions via its campaign research, which can be found here.

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Computacenter delivers on-site services in nearly 60 countries and supplies IT hardware and software to customers in more than 100 countries. The company prides itself in making its customers’ businesses sharper by removing cost, complexity and barriers to change their IT infrastructures.