The next big thing in technology has left many corporations exposed. Understanding the extent of the issue is the first step to discovering how many “loose” files are floating in the cloud.
Apple and Google have quietly been making a play at your employees’ personal files. Dropbox has also been in the mix, with hundreds of millions of users storing their content and collaborating. But in their play for personal content, these companies are also inadvertently picking up hordes of users who utilize cloud-based services to store and share sensitive corporate documents.
Determining your float factor
If you have employees, it’s safe to assume they are using one or more cloud-based file storage solutions. That’s because simple usability and a “get it done” mentality work against employees shouldered with more complex, approved systems. Be it ancient server technology or the lack of a mobile device interface, employees will typically gravitate to the simplest solution. If you don’t have an approved and secure file collaboration solution in place, your float factor – the number of loose files in the cloud – may be off the charts.
Cloudy days ahead
Thanks to more aggressive moves into the cloud storage space from mainstream brands, competition is heating up. As employees move to try new cloud storage and collaboration services, it may be worth reminding them to erase old files and accounts. Information hording on unapproved services will only hurt the company in the long-term.
Bring the float down to earth
Preventing loose files from escaping means keeping ahead of new products and services. It can also mean restricting access when the risk is too great. Get more in-depth tips with our “Security & the Cloud for CEOs” white paper.