Management panic over stealth installations of Dropbox and other similar consumer-oriented cloud storage and sharing services is relatively frequent these days. However, there's no excuse for panicking if you have no idea whether it's happening or not.
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A recent survey of 100 Australian CIOs by IDC which asked how often staff were using those kinds of services to share files suggests a mild level of delusion in this area. The CommVault-sponsored survey (which we've already touched on a couple of times recently) had the following findings:
- 21 per cent said it happened often
- 25 per cent said it happened sometimes
- 29 per cent said it happened rarely
- 24 per cent said it never happened
- 1 per cent said they didn't know
At first glance, that seems OK; more than half the respondents claim that usage of such services is either low or non-existent. However, I'm inclined to take the numbers with a grain of salt. It's possible to lock down desktops and laptops, but in the BYOD era, merely tracking what's used on mobiles and tablets is tricky. One commonly-suggested solution is to offer a corporate-approved sharing service as an alternative. That certainly beats assuming it never happens.