If you’re using FileShare, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive or other file sync and sharing cloud applications, listen up! While these tools can be very productive and effective, they also can represent a potential vector for data breaches, both intentionally and unintentionally.
Once a user has access, from any device, anywhere, to a file repository filled with sensitive information, a significant risk has been created. This kind of access makes it nearly impossible to be certain that your data is centralized. Furthermore, over 7 MILLION Dropbox accounts have been hacked, proving that these solutions aren’t bulletproof from a security perspective.
While we wouldn’t discourage you from using these valuable tools (in a safe and compliant way), it’s important that you and your staff have an understanding of:
- Acceptable use of these tools
- Security standards that are in place
- The value of the data being stored in these cloud repositories
And finally, it’s important to ensure that the IT solutions you use are actually compliant from a regulatory perspective for the type of data you are storing.
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