Use secure file sharing to mitigate BYOD vulnerabilities

Sep 23, 2014

2015-01-13 Security.jpgMany businesses are taking up bring-your-own-device initiatives to improve their productivity and time to market, but many are not incorporating the trend appropriately, leaving room for critical issues to pop up. With any BYOD effort, decision-makers must consider what what hardware and applications employees are utilizing. Without a proper policy established, workers are given free reign to use personal online file sharing services, which could put sensitive data at risk. As more companies look to rollout BYOD, they will have to ensure that they take steps to mitigate security weaknesses and bolster overall functionality.

In an environment where breaches are becoming more prevalent, it’s important to protect mission-critical data and files. However, according to a new report by Gartner, many businesses are falling short in their BYOD security measures, remaining vulnerable to potential compromises. The survey showed that 59 percent of participants utilize their devices even without a formal policy in place and a quarter of all respondents have had a security issue in the past year. This is a significant amount of people that have been compromised, but only 27 percent of those affected reported the incident. This leaves a substantial amount of room for subsequent attacks and additional vulnerabilities in mission-critical systems. However, with secure file sharing, decision-makers can enable protected document collaboration without sacrificing functionality.

BYOD agreements should be mandatory, and employees need to understand the responsibility they hold when using a personal device for business,” Midsize Insider stated. “Embracing these realities now, especially in light of these new survey results, will enable the business to handle the growing pains and develop policies that both benefit and protect the business.”

Choosing the best location for company data
Many organizations are still trying to decide what solution will be the best to store and share information. Data Center Knowledge contributor John Landy noted that this choice will largely revolve around the business’s information flow and the subject matter of the files themselves. If the documents have sensitive data, for example, the file sharing solutions will require more measures to protect these assets. The industry that the company operates in will also determine what type of system to choose. Heavily regulated sectors like healthcare and retail, for example, will need programs that comply with overarching standards to ensure data security and consumer safety.

Data breaches are becoming a major threat to businesses of all sizes, but smaller organizations will have a much harder time recovering from any attacks due to the lack of necessary resources to do so. However, by choosing an appropriate file sharing platform, users can take advantage of their tools without fearing that the data will be compromised. Many of these programs also have remote wipe capabilities, ensuring that no unauthorized personnel are able to view critical documents.

Organizations are starting to realize the value that BYOD can have to their operations. As this trend continues, they will need to provide the appropriate tools and file sharing platforms that will encourage collaboration and safe transfer practices.

Category: Data Security