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Cloud hosting services are the great equalizer. They give small businesses easy access to technology that up to now has only been available to larger enterprises. However, the ease of access to cloud services has created a major security problem for IT departments. Critical company data is slipping into the public cloud without IT’s knowledge, putting the data, the company and the customers at risk. Do you know why your end-users are going rogue? Better yet, do you know how to stop such behaviour?

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    RogueHosting:HaveYourUsersGoneRogue?Cloudcomputingprovidesagreatopportunityto

    getserversandcomputepoweronanasneededbasis,butitsalsocreatedaneasywayfordepartmentsorindividualstomoreeasilycircumventITprocessesandpoliciestoacquirebusinessserviceswithoutITsknowledge.Althoughendusersmayhavethebestofintentions,goingroguewiththeirhostingcreatessecurityanddatamanagementissuesforITandthebusinessasawhole.Unfortunately,inITsattemptstokeepcorporateassetssecure,itmaybedrivingenduserstobypassITentirelyinordertomorequicklycutthroughbureaucraticredtape.ArethinkabouthowITmanagesdepartmentalandenduserrequestsmaybeinorder.Butfirst,ITdepartmentsneedtounderstandwhyroguehostingisaproblem.AnoldprobleminanewguiseRogueITisaproblemthatdatesbacktotheearlydaysofcomputing.Afewyearsago,thebiggestproblemwastheinstallationofunapprovedwirelessaccesspointsoncorporatenetworks,butnowthebiggestissueisroguehosting.ForITdepartments,itsfrustratingtohaveendusersdeploycloudservicesontheirownbecauseofITsresponsibilitiesaroundsecurity,budgeting,informationprotectionandinternationalprivacylaws,aswellasthegeneralprotectionofcorporatedataandapplications,buttheproblemisntnew.Itsanageoldcomputingproblemthathastakenonanewform.

    Whatarethepitfallsofroguehosting?CircumventingtheITdecisionmakingprocesscancreatesecurityandcostefficiencyproblemsforanorganization,including:

    SecurityofservicesuntestedbyITmaynotbeuptospec.Proprietarydatacouldbe

    compromisediftheserviceishacked. Notknowingwherecompanydataisand

    beingabletocontrolthatdatamaybeinviolationofcomplianceregulations.

    Althoughthefinesarelargeforbreaches,thelossofcustomertrustislarger.

    RoguehostingmaycostmoreintheendbecauseITdepartmentscanleverage

    economiesofscaleindividualscannot.WhyyourendusershavegonerogueYouknowwhattheysayaboutthebestintentions.Unfortunately,thosebestintentionsarenotonlycomingfromendusers,buttheITdepartment,aswell.Hereareafewthingsthatdriveendusersanddepartmentstousingunapprovedcloudservices:

    TraditionalITinfrastructureprocurementcantakesixtoninemonths.Whencloudservicescanbeupandrunninginminutes,

    itsnotsurprisingemployeesgorogue. Itseasy.Cloudservicesacceptcreditcards

    thatarewrittenoffinexpensereports. Accessibilityofcloudservicesmeans

    flexibilityandproductivitybenefits.

    HowtodealwithroguehostingSolvingtheproblemissimplerthanyoumightexpect. FindandsubscribetoIT

    approvedcloudhostingservicesthatcanbeturned

    upanddownasprojectsrequire.

    Eliminateredtape.Makeiteasierforendusersto

    requestresourcesfromIT. Dontbelievethata

    companypolicyagainstroguehostingwillactually

    solvetheproblem.Itwont.Ifendusersweresoworriedaboutbreakingrules,they

    wouldntbegoingrogueinthefirstplace.

    Reactquicklytoenduserneeds.Itsaneeditnow

    society,andtheyrenotwillingtowaitmonthsforIT

    services.

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