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How Much Protection Do My Documents Need?

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I recently had an opportunity to watch race car driving live at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. If you’re a car enthusiast like me, nothing is more exciting than seeing hot sports cars driving fast on a track. Drivers are continually trying to outmaneuver each other to gain position and push their own driving abilities to the limit.

Equally interesting was the experience of watching drivers suit up and prep their cars before each race. This ritual had me thinking about the safety equipment drivers use to ensure a safe experience on the track. They wear helmets, gloves, neck braces, and fire-retardant suits, socks, and shoes. Their cars have roll cages to prevent the passenger compartment from getting crushed in the event of a rollover accident.

Just as race car drivers need to be concerned about safety on the track, organizations also need to be concerned about the security and confidentiality of the information they share. But not all safety equipment or, in this case, collaboration solutions are created equal.

Some collaboration solutions focus entirely on ease of use rather than security. It is like driving a car without a seat-belt. This might be adequate most of the time, but you don’t want your organizations’ 10-K ending up on CNBC before the official quarterly announcement is made. We wear seat-belts every day because we never know when we’ll be in an accident. Likewise, your organization needs to securely share information on an on-going basis because you never know when you’ll need that security.

Other collaboration solutions created like Fort Knox are built for specific file sharing use cases. These might be an option for negotiating billion dollar deals where money is no object, but not for organizations looking to deploy secure collaboration solutions across enterprise. Using this type of solution is like driving a Volvo along a quiet 25 mph two-lane country road with a racing helmet and harness.

And lastly, some collaboration applications contain both the ease-of-use internal and external users’ need, while giving the enterprise organization the protection it requires. Accellion offers organizations the ability to securely share files with people across corporate boundaries, while ensuring enterprise security and compliance. Accellion is like driving a zippy, yet safe Acura TL or a BMW 328i with a regular seat-belt. You have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your information is being shared securely.

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