Six Ways File-Sharing Apps Have Failed the Enterprise

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Dangerous 'default' user settings

One of the most appealing features of freemium file-sharing solutions is their ease of use. However, this simplicity often lulls users into a false sense of security. A major security flaw, revealed in May 2014, showed how a basic Google AdWords campaign uncovered unprotected, fully clickable URLs leading to users' documents stored on Dropbox and Box, including mortgage applications and tax returns. The cause: Users' default security settings had been set to "public" upon downloading and configuring Dropbox and Box.

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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