The Witless Protection Program

According to Forrester Research, unintended mishandling of information is far and away the most common way that corporate data is lost – far more frequent than malicious acts of data theft or hacking. It’s clear we need a way to guard against our own fallibility and ensure we can always retract access to the information we share, even after it has been copied widely on email or shared through collaboration tools.


19 June 2013

We all make mistakes. Trouble is, in the digital age our errors can easily attract unwanted attention and are increasingly difficult to contain or undo. In our "Enterprise Collaboration: Avoiding the Productivity and Control Trade-Off" whitepaper we published this month we found that 80% of respondents had received an email not intended for them, while 59% were prepared to admit they’d made the same mistake themselves. Alarmingly, 49% said these kinds of blunders occur on a monthly basis. Our related infographic explores how IT and business executives are collaborating inside and outside of their organization.



According to Forrester Research, unintended mishandling of information is far and away the most common way that corporate data is lost – far more frequent than malicious acts of data theft or hacking. It’s clear we need a way to guard against our own fallibility and ensure we can always retract access to the information we share, even after it has been copied widely on email or shared through collaboration tools. Having lifetime control of documents, no matter where they travel, is a business necessity for effective enterprise collaboration, which is why we created Intralinks VIA with a unique UNshare capability. Using UNshare, users can make sure that access to files is retracted at a predetermined time, or can fully retract access at will. UNshare protects your data, but also protects you from those all-to-common “oops” moments.

To paraphrase Alexander Pope, to err is human, to unshare is divine.

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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.