Companies, are You Protecting Your Data? 

Most businesses don’t have good visibility into which file sharing applications their employees are using, and are unaware of the threats.

26 August 2014


No one wants to have their information stolen. Yet, data breaches are increasingly common. While we’re all scrambling to change our passwords on email, social media and banking sites, are you changing your passwords for any consumer cloud applications you’re using? Further, are you using that cloud application to bring files back and forth to work?

Recent research conducted by the Ponemon Institute shows that using insecure, unsanctioned cloud applications at work can increase the probability of a data breach. And that data breach can cost a company millions.

Using cloud applications can be a simple and easy way to share information, but was that app created for an enterprise, or for you to share photos with your family?

A recent Harris Interactive survey sponsored by Intralinks found that nearly half of IT managers blame file sharing software for data leaks. The research was carried out amongst 308 IT professionals who identified themselves as sole decision makers or major influencers of IT budget spend. Eighty-four percent of respondents expressed particular concern about data privacy issues arising from ‘freemium’ file sync and share (FSS) products.That same percentage said the adoption of freemium FSS products by employees created problems for their company. So what’s an organization to do?

Most businesses don’t have good visibility into which file sharing applications their employees are using, and don’t know (or don’t want to admit to) the threats posed by the ungoverned use of those apps.

IT managers and CIOs need to prevent this risky behavior and take action — by providing their employees with a trusted collaboration solution that keeps the organization productive and is still intuitive and easy to use. Otherwise you risk having that next announced breach be internal.

Esther Hollander

Esther Hollander

Esther is a senior corporate communications manager at Intralinks. She provides content for internal and external communications activity as well as general corporate positioning in order to support overall company objectives. Esther has been creating communications materials for a variety of organizations and companies for more than 10 years. She graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in English Literature.