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About Cloud email services and productivity applications

Cloud email services and cloud productivity applications are popular because they’re accessible from any device with a Web browser. And more business users are turning to these systems because they’re easier to use than their corporate counterparts. That creates a problem for IT administrators, because corporate data is flowing through these cloud email services and cloud productivity applications, and there’s no easy way to tell who’s accessing it and what they’re doing with it. Vendors are working to develop products that provide better data protection, to reduce the risks associated with cloud email services and cloud productivity applications, but there is no easy solution. This section covers business users’ most popular cloud email services and productivity applications and how IT should address their security and compliance risks.