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In the Cloud, Outside the Cloud...Securing Your Information

In the technology world, we’ve had a few action packed weeks. First, Box announced their integration with Google Docs. Then, Microsoft made their highly anticipated announcement of Microsoft 365, their cloud solution of productivity apps that includes Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync. Next, Google rebutted the announcement in their enterprise blog entitled “365 reasons to consider Google Apps”.

Lord of the Files – File Sharing Gone Wild

Who would have thought that the novel, Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, an English literature staple for English schoolchildren, was not only the idea behind the popular TV series “Lost”, but also provides important parallels to the story currently unfolding of enterprise file sharing gone wild.  In the Lord of the Flies the attempts by the group of British schoolboys to govern themselves when stranded on a deserted island is in some ways akin to how business users are today attempting to govern their file sharing when deserted by IT.

How many of your employees are taking their iPad or iPhone on vacation?

Leaving the office behind has always been a challenge for some, but the iPad is now making it even harder. As employees head to the beach, mountains, and island getaways how many husbands and wives are sneaking an iPad into their luggage?

In the past 12 months, with the introduction of the iPad, there has been a surge in the volume of users.  According to information released by Apple for their investor community, close to 25 million iPads have been sold to date.

58 Percent of Security IT Pros See Mobile Devices as Greatest Risk to the Enterprise

What’s the biggest risk on IT security peoples’ minds currently?  According to ISACA, the not-for-profit IT security association, it is staff-owned mobile devices.

Survey respondents acknowledge the risks mobile devices pose, with 58% of respondents saying mobile gear, particularly tablets and smartphones, represent the greatest risk to the enterprise and 44% saying they are aware of corporate data being insecurely stored on such devices.

Rolf von Roessing, the association’s International Vice President, stated in an interview with InfoSecurity Magazine:

Accellion Q2 Customer Conference

We just wrapped up our second Accellion Customer Conference of 2011, and it was great to experience the energy of our customers. We had a large number of attendees and engaging questions regarding our current and future product portfolio.

During yesterday’s session, the Accellion team took the opportunity to deliver Secure Collaboration tips and tricks, show a demo of our Mobile Apps, and provide updates on how customers can upgrade to the latest solutions.

HIPAA Expected to be Strengthened "Within Months if Not Weeks"

It was reported from last week’s HIPAA conference, sponsored by OCR and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, that the final rule that will strengthen HIPAA privacy and security safeguards will be released by the end of 2011.  Sue McAndrew, deputy director for health information privacy at the Office of Civil Rights in the Health and Human Services Department, went so far as to say:

Accellion in Action: HIT Entertainment's Enterprise Deployment

When you think of Barney, Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine, enterprise software isn't usually the first thing that comes to mind, but today Accellion announced that the company behind these widely cherished children's entertainment brands, HIT Entertainment, has implemented a virtual, enterprise-wide deployment of Accellion Secure File Transfer.

The press release goes on to detail:

From Network World: Microsoft security expert warns over SharePoint data at risk

Robert Mullins’ Network World blog entry warning that SharePoint data might be at risk comes as no surprise.  Customers have come to us for a way to extend the file sharing functionality of SharePoint securely beyond the firewall for the last few years.

What was most interesting is the research done by Randy Franklin Smith of Ultimate Windows Security.  The company’s survey showed that:

What we can learn from our friends in the Government

Reports from the team who attended GovSec in Washington DC highlighted that there is a lot to be learned from the government sector.  Based on recent conversations, it seems to me, government IT organizations are among the most risk averse of all industry sectors.  Risk adverse organizations are:


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