August 15, 2012 // By: Sebastian Nikoloff
These days, companies increasingly demand more flexibility from their employees when working in the office, from home, and on the road. But they offer little tool support to help them get the job done. So it’s no wonder that more and more employees are turning to user-friendly, cloud-based storage services. The most familiar of these is Dropbox, which boasts over 50 million users. The service allows you to store data in the cloud and synchronize that data across multiple computers.
IDG Connect and Varonis Systems, a provider of data governance solutions, surveyed 100 decision-makers at companies with more than 100 employees. Their study found that 70% of all companies recognize the benefits of cloud-based data synchronization services and would like to offer these services to their employees.
Sadly, the greatest strengths of these services – user-friendliness and practicality – are also their greatest weaknesses. They pose a security risk and, in the worst case, make confidential information available to anyone and everyone. This is just what happened in June 2011, when all Dropbox accounts were publicly available for four hours.