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OneDrive for Business Climbing the Ladder to Success?

Ok, I give up. A few weeks ago, I wrote about authors, presumably subject knowledgeable, that felt obligated to inform us in a slew of articles with their predictions for 2016. Enough already! Here is another one, but does have some interesting points. The article, Cloud, Data Security Remain Top Concerns Heading into 2016, written by David Weldon for Information Management, offered some highlights from an interview with Rajiv Gupta, CEO of SkyHigh Networks.

OneDrive for Business is in fourth place in the race to be first. According to Gupta, “OneDrive for Business will surge in the rankings as companies move to the cloud with Office 365,” Gupta predicts. “Companies have already shown confidence in Microsoft’s cloud platform as a system of record for sensitive information, uploading 1.37 TB per month with 17.4% of files containing sensitive data.” Additionally he said, ““There is still a huge growth opportunity, however: 87.3% of organizations have at least 100 employees using Office 365, but 93.2% of employees still use Microsoft on-premises solutions.” Microsoft has invested over one billion dollars on in security and continues to take security very seriously as a make or break situation. And it is, if you are in fourth place.

Microsoft is moving forward with OneDrive for Business, but if we look at the statistics, even without full participation of employees, the organization is opening big gaps in security. This is very to the point since most data exposures are generated by employees. Without some logical management of the content, and practicing due diligence to protect the organization from malicious or just absent minded employees, the organization can’t reap the benefits of ‘safe’ ubiquitous access. For more information on how OneDrive for Business information can be protected, please click here.

 

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Guess how many times a week your company is hacked?

Most organizations are actually pretty easy targets for attackers. I’ve always wondered though, why the particular companies that have massive invasions the reason the hackers targeted them? Supposedly a credit card number can get you $1.00 on the black market. I assume if you have stolen say 2 million that’s quite a handful of chunk change. The more personal information you can steal, the higher the price.

In every survey, what are organizations concerned about? Security. How many are proactively doing anything about it, or have they evaluated the risk and it is of low value. The recent IBM/Ponemon survey, ‘IBM 2015 Cost of Data Breach Study’, indicates attacks are going up alarmingly and so is the price tag.

In another recent article, Coviello tackles cloud privacy, government’s key escrow plan I found one particular series of statistics very interesting and sobering. Acuity Solutions President Kris Lovejoy painted a gloomy picture of cloud data privacy, which by the way this is an excellent article.

According to Mr. Lovejoy,”An average organization of 15,000 would look at approximately 1.7 million security events per week. Of those 1.7 million security events, 324 of those events were security attacks. Those security attacks were deliberate attacks carried out by motivated attackers,” she said. “For those attacks, 2.1 of those 324 attacks would result in a compromise. So 2.1 times a week a bad guy was getting into the organization.”

Kind of frightening isn’t it?

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