CIOs Seek Alternatives to Public File Sharing

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-05-2015 Email

CIOs and their teams are seeking enterprise-based alternatives to public File Sync and Share (FSS) services, according to a recent survey from CTERA. The accompanying "2015 Enterprise Cloud Storage Survey" report reveals that employees at most organizations take advantage of public FSS. However, these services often store data outside the typical boundaries of corporate IT governance, which means companies cannot ensure any data controls or service availability. The resulting risk–along with incentives such as improved collaboration–has prompted the evaluation of "private" cloud storage gateways as a viable alternative to public FSS. "IT professionals struggle to control and serve employees that are adopting rogue FSS services, which bring new security and data leakage threats into the enterprise on a daily basis," according to the report. "By circumventing IT to use these services, employees are exposing their organization to numerous issues regarding information governance, which can result in proprietary, legal and regulatory consequences." An estimated 300 U.S. IT pros took part in the study, which was conducted by Research Now.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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