It would seem that the higher risk the service, the more likely it is to be blocked by a company, but the opposite proves to be true, according to a report released Thursday by Skyhigh Networks.
In the Cloud Adoption & Risk Report for Q3 2013, low risk, familiar services are blocked 40 percent more than high-risk services. Broken up by industry segment, some of the most common blocked services in the familiar category include Apple iCloud, Skype, Google Drive, Dropbox, bitly and PayPal, while high-risk services like CloudApp, SockShare, RapidGator or MovShare are rarely blocked.
The risk factor is determined by Skyhigh’s CloudRisk, which assigns a 1-to-10 risk rating based on an assessment of more than 30 attributes across data risk, user risk, device risk, service risk, business risk and legal risk.
“What we are seeing from this report is that there are no consistent policies in place to manage the security, compliance, governance, and legal risks of cloud services,” Rajiv Gupta, founder and CEO at Skyhigh Networks said in a statement. “Our cloud usage analytics suggest that enterprises are taking action on the popular cloud services they know of and not on the cloud services that pose the greatest risk to their organization. Lack of visibility into the use and risk seem to be crux of the problem.”
Based on data from more than 3 million users across more than 100 companies, the report not only looks at the level of risk of cloud services, and which are most likely to be blocked, but also identifies top cloud services across these organizations.
By serving enterprise and consumer users, Microsoft owns three of the most widely used collaboration services, Office 365, Yammer and Skype, according to the report. Microsoft SkyDrive is the third most widely used file sharing cloud service, according to the survey. A recent report showed that in India, Microsoft accounts for 78 percent of the email and collaboration market share.