Is Bring Your Own Cloud Causing IT Headaches?
The quick rise of BYOD is sweeping the workplace with fervor, and it’s only natural to assume that the Bring Your Own Cloud rush is right on its heels. Workers are blending personal and work clouds through services such as Dropbox or Google Drive, and IT departments are being sent into a little bit of a tizzy in an effort to keep everything secure.
How does IT keep data secure in Bring Your Own Cloud?
There seems to be two ways you can find a happy medium when it comes to BYOC.
First, IT can work alongside employees and adopt a cloud platform that perfectly balances security (which is the company’s priority) and ease of use (that employees need). By providing the best of both worlds, employees will be less tempted to set up their own cloud system, and be more likely to use the company’s cloud system for work-related data.
Alternatively, companies can choose to focus instead on document security rather than cloud security. Here, the organization would allow employees to use whatever cloud solution they prefer, but insist that they implement a DRM or other form of encryption method to limit who can view the document. This way, employees are comfortable with the cloud solution and are also providing the company with an appropriate level of security.
The bottom line is that employees will probably work their way around IT rules if it means they can do their job easier, better, and faster. The trick is to work with them, not against them.