The Wall Street Journal Debates File Sharing

In an article in today’s The Wall Street Journal, vice president and principal analyst of Forrester Research Ted Schadler argues for the use of file-sharing services with appropriate precautions, stating “there is a safe and reasonable approach for every company to choosing a file sync/share service.”


13 May 2013

In an article in today’s The Wall Street Journal, vice president and principal analyst of Forrester Research Ted Schadler argues for the use of file-sharing services with appropriate precautions, stating “there is a safe and reasonable approach for every company to choosing a file sync/share service.” Schadler cites Intralinks as a sound choice if security is a primary concern. In counterpoint, Larry Ponemon from the Ponemon Institute argues that file-sharing is just too risky.

 

In research we plan to publish later this month, we found that an astonishing 49% of 200 organizations we questioned block file sharing services like Dropbox and YouSendIt. Their primary reasons for doing this are concerns about data security and meeting regulatory requirements. Nevertheless, we also found that the vast majority of companies understand that being able to freely collaborate with business partners, suppliers and customers outside the firewall is a business necessity and a competitive advantage.

So, what’s the right answer? To misquote the old proverb about cakes, we think you can share your files and control them too.

Intralinks VIA™ makes it easy to share and collaborate, while always making sure you retain full control over your files no matter where they travel. Our UNshare™ capability allows users to track files at any time, even if they’ve been downloaded and copied. This lifetime control of files means you can empower employees to collaborative freely, all the while making sure that your sensitive data is safe.



Ian Bruce

Ian Bruce

Ian Bruce is the VP of Corporate Communications at Intralinks. He has 20 years of international marketing experience across software, hardware, consulting, and financial services at both VC-backed start-ups and large multinationals. Prior to joining Intralinks, Ian held various marketing and communications roles at Avid Technology, HP, Novell, Systinet, and CSC.