Association for Computing Machinery
A major obstacle for the adoption of cloud services in enterprises is the potential loss of control over sensitive data. Companies often have to safeguard a subset of their data because it is crucial to their business or they are required to do so by law. In contrast, cloud service providers handle enterprise data without providing guarantees and may put confidentiality at risk. In order to maintain control over their sensitive data, companies typically block all access to a wide range of cloud services at the network level. Such restrictions significantly reduce employee productivity while offering limited practical protection in the presence of malicious employees.