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Becca Lipman
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Financial Service Employees Ranked 2nd-Riskiest Users of Cloud Services

Skyhigh Networks reports that financial services demonstrated some of the most risky behaviors among major industries.

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Becca L
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Becca L,
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8/30/2014 | 9:02:07 PM
Re: Oh no
Perhaps it all comes back  to building a sound corporate policy, classifying data and deciding what information needs X level of protection. It's terrible that this is happening in such a risky way, but there's little companies can do beyond education to stop users from downloading unsecure cloud apps. They have to have an open conversation in which they acknowledge the reality of user behavior and talk about pragmatic security.
Greg MacSweeney
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8/13/2014 | 4:01:12 PM
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Jon, as you stated, there is often confusion between banks and cloud providers about who is responsible. That is one of the reasons why many banks have been slow to move to the cloud.

As far as the regulators are concerned, however, all of the responsibity belongs to the bank, no matter what is says in SLAs.
Jonathan_Camhi
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Jonathan_Camhi,
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8/11/2014 | 3:55:18 PM
Re: Human nature
It's not just employees using cloud apps that could create security risks. There's often issues with the enteprises' approved cloud vendors too in terms of confusion over who has what responsibilities in regards to security. Those issues will get worked out over time as companies gain more experience with the cloud, but for now they are a big concern and show the need for greater communication and education between cloud providers and clients.
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Byurcan,
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8/8/2014 | 10:37:14 AM
Oh no
Well this isn't good news, considering fianncial services employees are dealing with the most valuable and sensitive of data. I guess there is always more training needed on proper protocol. 
KBurger
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KBurger,
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8/8/2014 | 9:16:27 AM
Human nature
This actually surprises me, given everything we've reported and heard industry folks discuss about security concerns @ the cloud, etc. I'm not surprised that there are issues, but am surprised that the problem is so extensive in financial services. But I guess it comes down to human nature, as Rajiv Gupta says: "Employees in financial services are no different than employees anywhere. We all want to get our jobs done in an efficient way. We choose highly usable, flexible, scalable services in our personal lives, and we want to use the same things in our professional lives." It's kind of a Pandora's box, in that there's no going back on restricting employees' use of these cloud-based capabilities. Financial services firms have to figure out how to channel this aspect of consumerization to boost productivity and employee engagement without increasing risks.
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