BYOC (bring your own cloud) is the trend towards allowing employees to use cloud application or cloud storage services of their choice in the workplace.
In a small or mid-size business, allowing employees to use public cloud services like Google Apps or Dropbox may be more cost-effective than rolling out the shared service internally. Problems can occur, however, when employees fail to notify anyone when they use such services. The use of any shadow IT can pose security and compliance concerns in the workplace and BYOC in particular can prevent business owners from knowing exactly where their company’s information is being stored, who has access to it and what it’s being used for.
To prevent BYOC from becoming a problem, businesses should implement policies that strictly define what personal cloud services can be used for work-related tasks (if any) and who needs to be notified when a personal cloud service is used.