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Six Ways File-Sharing Apps Have Failed the Enterprise

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    Topping the 'enterprise least-wanted' list

    Just take a look at the change in the most commonly blacklisted apps in the workplace, and you'll see evidence of this struggle between the consumerization of enterprise IT and the quest for data security. While Facebook, Angry Birds and Twitter once topped the corporate roster of unsanctioned apps, today, it's Dropbox, SugarSync, Box and other file-sharing tools that give IT the most anxiety. Further, in the same Harris Interactive survey cited previously, only 51 percent of IT decision makers agreed that they would be willing to consider using a file-sharing software product that had been blacklisted by other companies.

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Six Ways File-Sharing Apps Have Failed the Enterprise

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    Topping the 'enterprise least-wanted' list

    Just take a look at the change in the most commonly blacklisted apps in the workplace, and you'll see evidence of this struggle between the consumerization of enterprise IT and the quest for data security. While Facebook, Angry Birds and Twitter once topped the corporate roster of unsanctioned apps, today, it's Dropbox, SugarSync, Box and other file-sharing tools that give IT the most anxiety. Further, in the same Harris Interactive survey cited previously, only 51 percent of IT decision makers agreed that they would be willing to consider using a file-sharing software product that had been blacklisted by other companies.

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.