OneDrive for Business? It’s a Winner for 67% of SharePoint Organizations

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OneDrive for Business? It’s a Winner for 67% of SharePoint Organizations

In our SharePoint and Office 365 State of the Market survey, we asked the respondents if they were going to replace their file shares, and if so, with what.

Interesting answers. OneDrive for Business was the winner, with 67% of organizations willing to stay true to Microsoft. 13% will be using Box, 27% ‘other’ offerings, and 8% Google Drive. Yes, we know the numbers don’t add up to 100%. You can read the survey results white paper and find out why.

One of the challenges with any of these storage options is security. Although Microsoft will alert end users when they save content that presents an assumed security threat, that message can simply be ignored. “Our end users do not do that” I hear you say. Of course they don’t…

According to Skyhigh Networks, in their CSA Cloud Adoption Practices and Priorities Survey Report, “There is a surprising amount of sensitive data being loaded onto Office 365 and OneDrive. More specifically, 17.4% of documents in OneDrive and SharePoint Online contain sensitive data. This includes personally identifiable information, protected health information, payment data, and confidential data.”

Now I don’t know about you, but even 17.4% seems like a high number to me, considering the potential consequences. Any lapse in cyber security looms as a bigger threat each day. If the right solution is used, such as ours, vulnerabilities are recognized as content is created or ingested. Don’t forget that emails, as well as documents, represent a huge potential security gap.

Yes, data loss prevention software can recognize all kinds of descriptors, so can every other security package. Oh, I almost forgot, that is only after the fact. Why is our solution different? It includes the metadata generation, but based on multi-word terms, such as phrases. And it provides the intelligent classification and taxonomy management.

This is useful for situations involving information on products, mergers and acquisitions, financial data, and compliance and government mandates. The technology is typically used to address aspects of data security that are unique to an organization. One big benefit is that it eliminates end user tagging – in any internal or external repository, email and fax servers, test servers, scanned documents, on-premises or in the cloud. In other words, we’ve got you covered.

Even though OneDrive for Business was the clear winner, it appears that not everyone is sold on it. I wonder why? One reason may be that end users prefer Box or ‘other’ options. The fact that end users are employing their own software tools of choice is a significant issue for organizations. Perhaps these numbers reflect some of the end user issues that organizations don’t have under control. Who knows.

Will you be using OneDrive for Business? If not, what will you be using?