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Sharing sensitive information via email, FTP, poses Enterprise challenges

March 20th, 2012

email graphicSensitive information exchanged beyond the firewall with business partners and customers is still primarily conducted through email and consumer-grade file sharing tools such as FTP sites, according to a recent survey of more than 1,000 IT decision makers in 7 countries conducted online by Harris Interactive and commissioned by IntraLinks Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: IL).

In fact, the survey showed that 68 percent of global respondents still use email as their main method to send and exchange large files and sensitive data.

In addition, findings also showed that the respondents were very much aware of the security and compliance issues around using email, ftp sites and other consumer-grade file sharing services (69 percent sited malware as issues and 63 percent sited information theft as issues).

Standardized, secure file-sharing tools needed

This suggests that organizations have not addressed the need to provide employees standardized, secure file-sharing tools for collaborating beyond the firewall.

This is considered problematic in a business climate in which many of the respondents indicated a key part of their role is to share critical business information with partners, suppliers, and consultants (46 percent) and where growing regulations and legal issues will drive compliance challenges for organizations: 55 percent of respondents say they face a variety of government IT regulations and 50 percent of respondents say they face a variety of industry regulations

“Success in business has always depended on effective collaboration, but today the nature of collaboration is changing,” saidFahim Siddiqui, Chief Product Officer, IntraLinks.

Enterprise extends to broad network now

“The enterprise now extends to a broad network of relationships with business partners and customers and a wide range of interactions, from simple ad hoc communication to deep relationships spanning workflow and secure content exchange and collaboration.

Without the right controls in place, security and compliance are jeopardized, and ultimately, IT departments are accountable. Organizations need to evaluate how cloud technology and a standardized collaboration solution can offer control and management of sensitive information both inside and outside the firewall.”

The data above are the results of a global survey of more than 1,000 IT decision makers in seven countries including the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Brazil, Japan and Australia conducted by Harris Interactive between January 26 and February 13, 2012.

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One Response to “Sharing sensitive information via email, FTP, poses Enterprise challenges”

  1. Hansy says:

    It’s quite interesting.

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