30 June 2017
The average amount of cloud services used per enterprise fell from 1,071 in the first quarter of 2017 to 1,053 in the second, according to Netskope’s latest report.
The cloud security specialist says this is the first decline since it began tracking cloud services per enterprise, and says it may be attributable to the saturation of service usage across organisations.
The report reveals that for the first time the manufacturing industry leads with 1,222 services in use during Q2 2017. That’s the highest average number for the period. The retail, restaurants and hospitality sector fell to second place with 1,131. This was followed by: financial services, banking and insurance at 1,039; healthcare and life sciences at 1,014; and technology and IT services at 821.
Netskope’s report also investigated for the first time collaboration services as a separate category for cloud data loss
prevention (DLP) policy violations. It found that violations in services such as Slack and HipChat are on the rise,
accounting for nearly 10 per cent of total violations during the quarter.
The firm warns these services have soared in popularity as methods of sharing and downloading data, emphasising the need for enterprises to put policies in place to ensure such data remain safe and secure.
Webmail remained the leader in DLP violations during the quarter with 43.3 per cent of infringements. Cloud storage came second with 30.6 per cent, and ‘other’ cloud service categories combined to make up 16.3 per cent.
Uploads make up the majority of violations by activity at 65 per cent, followed by send at 17.5 per cent, download at 16.2 per cent, and other at 1.3 per cent.
Netskope bases its quarterly Cloud Reports on aggregated, anonymised data collected from millions of worldwide users on its Active Platform. The company says this has been designed to provide visibility, control and DLP for any cloud service.