Users create files. Over the years the size and number of files they create keeps increasing. Users also don’t work from a desktop at the office any more. They are mobile and have multiple devices. They want their files with them everywhere and on all their devices. Users also do a poor job of protecting their files. If they were “their” files, it wouldn’t be IT’s problem. But in most cases the files belong to the organization. Users also want to share files, not just with fellow employees but with business partners outside of the organization. That means they could share organizational sensitive data with a variety of individuals for an unknown period of time.
Users also have a way of getting what they want. Thanks to the cloud, they can meet all of their file needs by self-selecting a cloud file sync and share service. This is also known as shadow IT. The problem is shadow IT limits oversight by the IT team and places an organization’s data assets at risk. The concept of the cloud is not necessarily a bad one, but it has to be done with IT engaged.
In this ChalkTalk video learn how to achieve total file security in the cloud.
As we discuss in the video, encryption of data is now table stakes. IT professionals need to make sure the organization holds the encryption keys. Some organizations will want to build a private cloud leveraging object storage to increasing security even further as well as lowering long term costs. But object storage by itself won’t solve the problem. It needs to be integrated with a file services platform that meets the security requirements of the organization and the ease of use of the users.
To learn more about developing a highly secure but easy to use file strategy join us on our on demand webinar “5 Must-Haves to Achieve Total File Security in the Cloud“.
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