JULY 12, 2013
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Security for Business

Safeguarding Company Data Stored in the Cloud

The more employees use consumer-oriented apps, the more security holes need to be fixed.”

The abundance of mobile devices, fast Internet connection, and a market ripe for multidevice use have made consumerization of IT popular among enterprises. Consumerization gave way to the “mobile elite workforce,” an emerging employee segment inclined to store, share, and synchronize company files using consumer-oriented apps.

But consumerization isn’t only limited to mobile device use; it also covers a variety of portable and desktop devices and platforms. Third-party apps can be seen in both the mobile and desktop spaces and provide convenient access to data via any device.

Unfortunately, consumerization is also convenient for cybercriminals on the lookout for openings in company networks. Bad guys find ways to exploit data found in and shared via the cloud or synchronization services. Nearly half of employees and even high-ranking company officials use file-sharing services despite company policies, which is a disconcerting fact.

Risks of Using Consumer Apps

The more employees use consumer-oriented apps, the more security holes need to be fixed. These holes put company networks at risk of malware and other cybercriminal attacks. Spammers have used cloud storage service, Rapidshare, to store Trojans and other malware while Google Docs™, Dropbox, and Pastebin have been used as drop zones for stolen data. Cybercriminals also target third-party services that hold millions of sensitive information to reach a target network.

Using consumer apps for corporate data may boost employee productivity but enterprise requirements like following compliance and governance standards may not be met. This can lead to legal implications for companies that deal with sensitive customer information.

Protecting Corporate Data in Third-Party Storage Apps

Leaked or lost corporate data transmitted over consumer-oriented apps can be detrimental to organizations. So business owners need to prioritize data protection.

Organizations can start by deploying enterprise-grade alternatives to these services, ensuring both functionality and security. They should also adapt comprehensive solutions that will protect data, provide visibility and control, and block malicious threats. These solutions should be able to scan all files coming through third-party services, prevent data loss, and support different file types and applications. Data encryption and device management are also important to protect data.

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