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Guest blogger: Vic Dermott, Solutions Architect

In following with our new infographic that we launched earlier this week, we’re taking a closer look at what the cloud means for us, both personally and professionally.

Even with the explosion of BYOD, employees are hard at work finding more ways to create nightmares for IT executives. Now, not only do workers want to use their personal devices for sensitive company information, they want to store that information on their own personal cloud, too. What should IT do about the new trend of BYOC?

Is "bring your own cloud" the next crisis in IT?

Is “bring your own cloud” the next crisis in IT?

Two main options seem to be prevailing in this dilemma. First, IT can move forward with employees and adopt a cloud platform that blends security (that the company needs) and ease of use (that employees demand). This way, employees aren’t tempted to set up their own cloud system, and happily use the organization’s secure cloud.

A second option is to take the focus off cloud security, and look instead at document security. In this scenario, the organization permits the use of personal cloud systems, but uses DRM or some form of encryption to control who can view the document, wherever it resides. Here, employees are free to use whatever cloud solution they prefer, since anything they upload is already access-restricted.

Of course, both these scenarios have potential holes; employees can find creative ways to still avoid using a company-sanctioned cloud, or to remove encryption from a file. For now, however, these appear to be the best solutions available.

What do you think? Will IT be able to control the growth of BYOC, and make it just hype? Or is this ripe, and an emerging IT crisis? Vote and tell us why in the comments.

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