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File Sync And Sharing: Users Won't Give It Up
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User Rank: Apprentice
12/25/2013 | 1:55:27 AM
7 Key Security Consideration For Business File Sharing
Business users basically look for a easy-to-use and simple file sharing service that will provide them with flexibility and agility. On the other hand, IT needs to have security in place with the right level of control and visibility over the platform. Taking security aspects into consideration, there are a broad range of must-have features which needs to be carefully evaluated such as centralized administration, data encryption, audit trails and more as listed here. http://bit.ly/1jHcE3l
User Rank: Apprentice
11/14/2013 | 9:04:40 PM
re: File Sync And Sharing: Users Won't Give It Up
Enterprise approved tools and user education are the two things that will pull us all through this.
User Rank: Apprentice
11/6/2013 | 3:41:34 AM
re: File Sync And Sharing: Users Won't Give It Up
Consumer file synching is an early stage mobile worker vs. central IT issue. Soon every mobile user will be collecting and synching data on mobile databases, some of it consumer-oriented and some of it mission critical business data. Then the synching issue will move higher on IT radar.
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11/5/2013 | 7:17:43 PM
re: File Sync And Sharing: Users Won't Give It Up
George, this is a great article and we couldnGt agree more with your recommendations. In fact, we hear from customers that blocking consumer
solutions like Dropbox isnGt full-proof. The only real option is to provide a
secure service that can be easily deployed and widely adopted across the
organization, and can provide IT with the controls and management
required. In fact, some of the criteria that George suggests are standard features available in the Accellion solution G encryption at rest and in transit, IT control, and remote wipe.
User Rank: Apprentice
11/4/2013 | 11:50:12 PM
re: File Sync And Sharing: Users Won't Give It Up
MichaelK038 ... Great point about users going back to what they are used to using.
That no doubt will be an issue. You need to put policies in place and let users
know they need to use the company provided solution or risk disciplinary
action. After all they are putting the entire network at risk. Now you can't do
that without proper education, as you point out.
User Rank: Apprentice
11/4/2013 | 11:45:44 PM
re: File Sync And Sharing: Users Won't Give It Up
Nice Article George. This is a big problem and I'm looking forward to your next article. The smart thing to do is give your users a better more secure option. Many don't even realize the risk they are undertaking when using public file sharing and syncing. Giving them a secure option that is controlled by IT is a must in todays world.
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11/4/2013 | 7:02:04 PM
re: File Sync And Sharing: Users Won't Give It Up
No arguments here, I agree completely --> http://blogs.hds.com/hdsblog/2.... I eagerly await the follow up piece on the pros and cons of the different deployment models. I certainly have a soft-spot for the pure on-premises model for security and compliance purposes, but am curious as to what constitutes 'good enough' security and compliance that can be found with other deployment methods.

As to how to change user behavior: I came across an interesting piece on helping users understand why they should use IT approved solutions instead of the grab-bag of consumer product:
Technology alone can't guarantee the success of bring-your-own-device programs. Often ignored is the set of process levers that motivate users to comply with enterprise policies. Link: http://my.gartner.com/portal/s...
User Rank: Apprentice
11/4/2013 | 6:26:56 PM
re: File Sync And Sharing: Users Won't Give It Up
You're absolutely right about the cat being out of the bag on this one, or maybe the Genie out of the bottle. If there wasn't an unmet need, users wouldn't be running around every roadblock IT attempts to put in its way to access their file share of choice.

Of course it all comes down to which type of data you're trying to share, and with whom you need to share it. It does appear that enterprise class solutions with centralized control and management are emerging into the marketplace from companies like Egnyte and Box, but if you users are already familiar with other solutions will even the deployment of a "blessed" enterprise-grade solution prevent them from using their old favorites? It does indeed come down to education after all.

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