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North Americans are (Still) Careless Users in the Cloud

From the experts | Posted on April 13, 2016 by Joel Hoidas

In 2014, cloud computing was still shifting into the enterprise mainstream. Back then, Softchoice commissioned a study that discovered North American workers were careless users. Specifically, employees who use cloud apps displayed markedly more reckless technology habits and were more likely to put their employers’ networks and corporate data at risk.

Two years later, most organizations have gone from flirting with the cloud to wholesale adoption, yet despite their new level of cloud sophistication – not much has else changed! From lax password security to rogue IT behavior, North American workers are (Still) Careless Users in the Cloud.

Study highlights:

  • 1-in-5 North American employees keep passwords in plain sight, such as on Post-It notes
  • 1-in-3 cloud app users have downloaded an app without letting their IT department know
  • 58 percent of full-time employees cite having not been told the right way to download and use cloud apps
  • 31 percent of Millennial employees have downloaded cloud apps without letting IT know (compared to 22 percent of Baby Boomers)
  • 23 percent of Millennials have downloaded unsanctioned apps even when IT offers an approved version (compared to 13 percent of Baby Boomers)
  • 42 percent of tablet users prefer using it for work over a desktop or laptop

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