InSecurities of Traditional Collaboration & File-Sharing Applications

In today’s decentralized work environment, we’ve had to quickly adapt our security practices (or evolve, depending on how you look at it) to meet a new operating reality. Workers need a way to remotely store, share and collaborate around sensitive data, IT leaders need a way to ensure that only authorized users (in authorized locations, on authorized devices) can access internal services, legacy data stores and even cloud applications, and security and compliance teams need to make sure this is done securely and in compliance with government regulations.

Traditional cloud based sharing and collaboration tools are focused on the user experience with little concern for enterprise data security controls - in fact, many of the leading “business” tools were born from consumer applications. The lack of a security-first approach has left many organization’s vulnerable across the tolls they rely on for data storage, collaboration, messaging and engagement.

Data security, data governance, and access controls have all been sacrificed in the name of collaboration and business continuity - but this doesn’t have to be the case. This WhitePaper attempts to highlight some of the most glaring vulnerabilities these applications suffer from, but by no means is intended as an exhaustive list.