Seventy-two percent of the respondents have the need to provide external users (i.e. consultants) with temporary access to the company’s cloud applications.
According to the results of a new survey on the adoption, use and security of cloud applications, a large majority of respondents, 78 percent, plan to increase the number of cloud apps in their organizations this year. At the same time, 71 percent of respondents admit they are using cloud apps that have not been sanctioned by their IT departments. The data is part of the 2013 State of Cloud Application Access Survey conducted by OneLogin, an innovator in identity management, in collaboration with security consultancy flyingpenguin, of 200 IT and business professionals within organizations of all sizes and industries.
“This survey demonstrated that 2013 will be a tipping point in cloud adoption. With enterprises rapidly turning to cloud apps, the inherent risks in practices like using unsanctioned apps or sharing passwords on sticky notes need to be addressed, and quickly,” said Thomas Pedersen, chief executive officer of OneLogin.
Designed to collect the views of IT and business people regarding the pace of cloud application adoption and usage, the survey revealed that with access to these applications taking place from a variety of locations including smartphones (80 percent), tablets (71 percent) and non-company computers (80 percent), and with a large percentage of organizations (73 percent) needing to grant temporary access to cloud apps, respondents cited concerns around identity management, governance and complexity.
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