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March 2013 Vol. 12 No. 1

Personal file sharing poses bold new risk to companies

A whopping 70% of IT managers know or believe that their users have business data in their own personal file-sharing accounts, according to a recent ESG survey. File data isn't as interesting as business applications to most IT shops, but intellectual property is being shared on smartphones and laptops in ways that surprise most IT shops. A recent Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) survey reveals this growing problem is threatening many organizations, and that formal policies only go so far in discouraging rogue users. For a long time, file data has been neglected. IT managers typically spend their time dealing with business applications and associated data -- data that's typically stored on internal disks, DAS or SAN. That's because these business applications keep the so-called lights on by ensuring bills are paid, orders get shipped and invoices are tracked. File data, meanwhile, is typically associated with individuals or line-of-business applications. IT is often involved in some level of decision making and support when it ...

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