CIOs Seek Alternatives to Public File Sharing

CIOs Seek Alternatives to Public File Sharing

CIOs Seek Alternatives to Public File SharingCIOs Seek Alternatives to Public File Sharing

By Dennis McCafferty

Broad AdoptionBroad Adoption

55% of surveyed IT pros said their organizations use public File Sync and Share (FSS) services such as Dropbox.

Unsecured StateUnsecured State

35% of those surveyed said their organization experienced data leakage incidents over the past year as a result of employees using public FSS services, up from 4% the year before.

Access PolicyAccess Policy

49% said their companies tolerate unsanctioned access to FSS services via employees’ mobile devices while issuing guidelines about this usage, while more than one-third said their companies strictly forbid this.


83% indicate that their organizations have established policies to either sanction the use of specific software as a service (SaaS) file-sharing solutions–or forbid them entirely.

New Game PlanNew Game Plan

31% have implemented an alternative to the use of public FSS–such as an enterprise-based solution/system–up from 6% last year.

Biggest Drivers of Enterprise-Based FSSBiggest Drivers of Enterprise-Based FSS

Improved internal collaboration: 51%, Security concerns over public FSS: 45%, File access using mobile/tablet: 34%

Private ConsiderationPrivate Consideration

63% said their organization has either implemented or is considering private or “private” cloud storage gateways, up from 5% last year.

Top Benefits of Cloud Storage GatewaysTop Benefits of Cloud Storage Gateways

Scale, off-site storage, universal access and other cloud-inherent advantages: 71%, Cost savings on file servers and tape backup: 56%, Cost savings on IT overhead and overall total cost of ownership: 56%

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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