Rogue employees filling corporate cloud gap with Dropbox, OneDrive and iCloud

Research conducted by the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) has found that employees within companies are turning to consumer cloud services due to a lack of corporate alternatives.

In search for a reliable system, the report said that half of workers are directly contravening company policy, with 56 per cent of participating firms saying that they actively ban the use of consumer storage options.

According to the study, entitled 'Content Collaboration and Processing in a Cloud and Mobile World', 89 per cent of respondents said that formal collaboration is vital. 71 per cent of those asked, however, said that their organisation had shortfalls in that area.

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"The convenience and ease-of-use of consumer file-share and sync services make them very attractive for collaboration," said Doug Miles, director of market intelligence at AIIM.

Though more than half of businesses ban the use of consumer-grade options, and 27 per cent restrict access to them, only 23 per cent of respondents said that they provided an approved business alternative.

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The findings showed that, while the need to share documents outside of a company is increasing, on-premise policies have been set up to prevent it. In effect workers are having to break company rules in order to do their work properly.

"[Consumer] tools have security implications and organisations must look to provide flexible and easy-to-use collaboration functionality across the business if they really want to discourage use of consumer tools," added Miles.