'Secure' Cloud File Sync Is The Wrong Move
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User Rank: Apprentice
8/22/2012 | 12:10:52 AM
re: 'Secure' Cloud File Sync Is The Wrong Move
"It may make the security trolls feel better.." - the use of the world troll is befitting, since your background IS IN IT, according to the first few paragraphs in this piece.

Do you read what you write, Mr. Feldman?

User Rank: Apprentice
8/18/2012 | 5:10:06 PM
re: 'Secure' Cloud File Sync Is The Wrong Move
So you like DropBox and want those evil IT administrators and security people out of your way, I get it. In former columns you've shouted your dedication to the belief that user experience is the only business need or virtue.

It's obvious you don't understand the value of security at all. Too bad you're offering advice to business leaders who do need decent security. In fact many of their jobs depend on it. Hopefully, they won't make career-limiting moves based on your advice.

Eventually, real tools with a good user experience and decent security will prevail (think enterprise-managed private keys), and sloppy security schemes like DropBox's we-can-access-anything-we-want-whenever-we-want will fail. Until then, I have to hope people don't take you too seriously.
Andrew Hornback
Andrew Hornback,
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8/18/2012 | 1:54:21 AM
re: 'Secure' Cloud File Sync Is The Wrong Move
For what it's worth, one of the organizations that I used to work for was a small component of a much larger company and the much larger company defined security standards that we had to follow along with the various forms of compliance that we needed to handle.

At one of the quarterly IT leadership meetings, there was a presentation by the corporate information security guru about the product that all of the components were going to be using - storing data in the "private cloud" (although, back then we weren't visionaries and simply called it a co-location data center). After the demo, the discussion turned to other products that were available and the message was delivered that any other data storage facilities outside of the local security perimeter or the "private cloud" would lead to serious repercussions, including immediate termination. As a precedent, management had just terminated the ENTIRE IT staff of another component organization when it was found that they were using a commercially available, non approved solution.

Moral of the story - the data that most organizations have in their possession usually exceeds the worth of the organization and to trust that to an unvetted, insecure entity is corporate suicide.

Investigate these solutions, their vendors, the whole 9 yards. At this point in time, I always assume that any data that leaves my physical location is open and available to the rest of the world.

Andrew Hornback
InformationWeek Contributor
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8/17/2012 | 10:14:56 PM
re: 'Secure' Cloud File Sync Is The Wrong Move
Dropbox is a sharing tool built for the fast dissemination of information to large groups of people. SaaS products like virtual data rooms that promote security in comparison are built for storing and sharing sensitive information for a company or individual.

The products are built for two different purposes but unfortunately many businesses decide to go with services like Dropbox and the like because they are free. When you go with a free service you are not getting the same security level as a paid service specifically built for secure document retention. Unfortunately, most companies ignore the threat of security breaches and make decisions with, "that could never happen to me" in mind. The outcome of an information leak can be devastating to a company and Dropbox has had more than one occasion when a large security breach has caused accounts to be compromised and vulnerable.

I agree that IT and finance professionals should do their due diligence when looking for a service to use for their company - it is important to know what security measures are in place. When these companies do the research, they will see that there are a lot of other products out there with much higher security standards than Dropbox.

All that being said, if you want to share promotional items, or photos with friends, Dropbox is a fun easy system to use and it's free!

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