Dispatching shadow IT to the junk pile

By Steven Etberg  

How do you enable collaboration without compromising the security of your data? This is one of the most pressing issues that IT, compliance and business executives have to deal with today. Especially in light of the ease with which end-users can sign up and use public cloud services.

And who can blame them? It’s a connected world we operate in that is largely defined by the ease of access to information across a plethora of mobile devices.

The challenge, however, is that this ease of use has to be measured against an organisation’s ability to protect corporate information, which is increasingly being extended to include customer data.

The Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act is but one of the many new laws that is placing a greater strain on organisations’ ability to remain compliant. Among the many requirements of this Act is company’s ability to securely store customer data, and manage that in a manner that is not detrimental to an individual’s privacy.

Given the raft of security breaches seen globally – suffered by some of the largest and most advanced organisations – this is no small matter.

So, despite the appeal of cloud storage and collaboration services, their appeal to enterprises is waning in light of these growing compliance pressures and security risks. This impacts customer service and efficiency if information remains stacked in silos as has been the case for decades.

Enter EMC’s Syncplicity – an enterprise-grade file sync and share service that has redefined the collaboration landscape.

Taking the best from the world of public file sharing services and marrying this with the best enterprise security and encryption technologies, Gartner recently rated Syncplicity as a leader in its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise File Synchronisation and Sharing.

This relegates the spectre of ‘shadow IT’ a few rungs lower on organisations’ risk management priorities. Which is exactly where such risks belong.

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