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More Evidence that Enterprises Prefer Private Cloud File Sharing

Posted by Hormazd Romer
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Recent security questions that have been raised around Box and Dropbox’s ‘enterprise’ or ‘business’ solutions have made many organizations stop and question how exactly they’re sharing their sensitive data. 

The result of that questioning? Enterprises strongly prefer on-premise private cloud file sharing, due to the enhanced data security it offers. We wrote recently about research from the Enterprise Strategy Group on this topic, and now a new study by Research Now, corroborates those findings. According to the Research Now survey:

  • 63% of enterprises prefer private cloud file sharing and sync solutions over public-cloud offerings such as Dropbox.
  • 55% of enterprises with 30,000 or more employees have banned public cloud file sharing solutions to prevent data leaks.
  • 31% of enterprises have experienced at least one data leak in 2013 from employees sharing files through often unsanctioned file share and sync services.

Even if enterprises use public cloud solutions to solve other business challenges, they are moving quickly to adopt private cloud file sharing solutions:

  • 45% of organizations are considering private cloud file sharing and sync solutions.
  • 25% of organizations have already implemented private cloud file sharing and sync solutions.

Research Now’s study agrees with the concerns we’re hearing from our customers. IT organizations recognize the data security threat posed by public cloud file sharing services like Dropbox. Consumer-grade public cloud services enable employees to upload content without any IT oversight and share that content indiscriminately, which means confidential files can easily end up in the hands of unauthorized users.

When IBM ran a data security audit a few years ago, it found that confidential files like project plans had been shared too broadly through tools like Dropbox and Evernote. IBM then banned both of these solutions from their network.

These studies show that other organizations are following IBM’s example. They are banning risky public cloud services like Dropbox, and investing in carefully planned private cloud file sharing services that meet the content access and collaboration needs of today’s mobile workforce, so employees can work securely, wherever.