For those not familiar, Dr. Evil is fictitious villain from the movie, Austin Powers (1997). Well, Skyhigh has uncovered the proverbial, “Dr. Evil of the Cloud.” Our Dr. Evil is a real-life employee who used the cloud to perform some pretty questionable actions. Skyhigh’s team of researchers uncovered this activity and discovered that he/she had used a whopping 182 high-risk cloud services at work and had also uploaded data to several eyebrow-raising cloud services.

Among those services was LiveLeak, where the employee uploaded over 500 MB to the popular video-sharing site. Of note is the fact that, LiveLeak is a cloud service where some users seek to expose corporate and government secrets to defame or embarrass these organizations. In addition, the individual uploaded gigabytes of data to other risky services such as 4Shared and ZippyShare. Not only do these sites fail to meet enterprise-grade security standards, but this Dr. Evil of the Cloud sent a significant amount of data to them. The amount of data exfiltration should raise a red flag for any organization.

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The type of information makes a difference as well. Among a company’s most valuable assets is its intellectual property. This particular employee, by now a repeat offender, uploaded gigabytes of data to code sharing sites SourceForge and CodeHaus. Those in the technology space are well aware that source code is particularly valuable information that could mean the difference between a winning margin in the market and a serious setback in the race, so uploads to open-source code-sharing sites are a troubling indicator of potential IP loss.

This user is an extreme case, of course, and many others use the cloud safely and without putting their enterprises at undue risk. Find out more about how to enable safe cloud adoption and download our latest Cloud Adoption and Risk report for more cloud usage and risk statistics and findings from the Skyhigh team.

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