Seems like the fact that employees are using Dropbox.com's services to not only share their personal files with others, but also corporate information with their colleague is suddenly on every IT manager's radar screen.
Obviously, sharing information via a service such as Dropbox represents a major potential security breach. After all, Dropbox makes it pretty clear that it has minimal security policies in place because it's trying to serve the needs of consumers rather than corporate customers. But because corporate customers, out of either habit or necessity, are using Dropbox, IT managers are being asked to come up with secure alternatives to DropBox.
One such service is WatchDox, which just added support for BlackBerry devices from Research In Motion and iPhone and iPad devices from Apple.
According to Adi Ruppin, WatchDox vice president of business development and marketing, one of things that makes WatchDox unique is that it can convert files from one format to another, which makes it a whole lot easier for users of different types of devices to share files.
For better or worse, both WatchDox and Dropbox are examples of the consumerization of IT. The challenge confronting IT organizations everywhere is how to effectively embrace these technologies in a way that boosts employee productivity without actually compromising security. The good news is that as more enterprise-class services in the cloud start to make themselves more apparent, the task is becoming much easier.