The Dropbox Explosion: How to Get Control of File Sync Services


Cloud-based, file synchronization services like Dropbox, Sugarsync, and Google Drive have exploded over the past few years. While these platforms are compelling for consumers, they can be unsettling for organizations because of the new data protection and management ramifications they carry.

Based on Gartner’s assessment that “Huge Amounts of Proprietary and Regulated Data Are Leaking Onto NoncorporateDevices, Outside of Enterprise Controls and Audit Trails,”1 here are three conclusions that can be drawn about current state of file sharing for organizations:

  1. Cloud-based file synchronization services have become so popular that they threaten to scatter organizational assets.
  2. Organizations must offer sanctioned file synchronization services and device interoperability, or they run the risk of losing control of digital assets outside the corporate LAN.
  3. Today’s cloud based file synchronization services sacrifice a level of control and do not fully integrate with existing infrastructure.

Read the full white paper here to learn how organizations can take back control of their data assets.

[1] “How to Control File Synchronization Services and Prevent Corporate Data Leakage,” by Jay Heiser, and Lawrence Pingree, Published 31 January 2012

by David Gibson

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