Six Ways File-Sharing Apps Have Failed the Enterprise

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Edward Snowden's ongoing revelations about government cyber spying have left some of enterprises' most popular tech and telecom mainstays, including Microsoft and Google, in an awkward position. For instance, file-sharing software customers now have to worry that Uncle Sam can spy on them through American-built hardware and software. Previously, these firms complied with informal information requests, according to a report in the New York Times. An enterprise-grade solution provides businesses with customer-managed keys (CMKs). This empowers organizations to be in sole control of their data – even if the Feds come knocking on the vendor's door.

Despite the growing security concern about the use of consumer-grade collaboration applications in the enterprise, employees continue to download and use these free applications – with or without IT's blessing. Meanwhile, CIOs are grappling with how to support productivity for employees, wherever they choose to work -- but must also ensure, first and foremost, there are no security breaches as a result of doing so. Is there a real risk involved with relying on consumer-grade file-sharing and sync solutions in the enterprise, or are CIOs overreacting?

In this slideshow, Intralinks, a global provider of beyond the firewall collaboration solutions, has identified six ways "freemium" file sharing has failed the enterprise.

Intralinks, a leading, global technology provider of beyond the firewall collaboration solutions, has grown to support strategic collaboration solutions for a wide range of industries, including financial services, life sciences, technology and manufacturing. More than 2.7 million professionals use their solutions to support mergers and acquisitions, drug discovery, and most recently enterprise collaboration with Intralinks VIA, which helps organizations take lifetime control of their most important information and frees employees to reach new levels of productivity.


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