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Achieve a Cloud First Strategy while Mitigating Data Security Risks

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As an increasing number of applications move to the cloud, a cloud-first strategy has become a growing priority for enterprises. But how can businesses adopt cloud technology, without compromising security?

According to research commissioned by Dropbox, security and privacy top the list of business concerns about moving to the cloud. With most businesses now storing at least some of their client and employee data and intellectual property in the cloud, there is a constant concern that a) transgressors will find new ways to tap into this information and b) that employees may knowingly or unknowingly share and misuse data.

When respondents were asked about their main concerns regarding the cloud, over half listed concerns about application and data protection while 52% cited privacy concerns regarding data breaches or theft.

Speaking about File Sync and Share (FSS) specifically, privacy and security were again very much top of people’s minds, with 87% and 84% revealing that their organisation is concerned with data privacy and data security respectively.

The research, which was carried out by independent research company Forrester Consulting, also found that Shadow IT is a huge concern, and while it’s the bane of every IT manager’s existence, it’s an everyday reality. So, what’s the solution?

1. Enhance IT control and Visibility

Cloud security ultimately revolves around control and visibility, and survey respondents largely agreed that enhanced control and visibility for IT would make cloud collaboration solutions more secure. 

2. Consider User Adoption

Usability is also critical. After all, IT won’t achieve enhanced control if they deploy a solution that employees don’t understand and use. The key is to roll out technologies that are simple to implement and user-friendly.

With growing prevalence of consumer grade FSS, there is also an expectation among employees that the solutions they use in the workplace should provide the same functionality and versatility that they receive as consumers. If the IT-sanctioned FSS doesn’t provide a superior experience, it’s far less likely that employees will replace their existing system with something new. 

3. Implement a Zero Trust Model

Traditionally, security used to assume that there was an internal trusted network and an external untrusted network. Today, however, IT-leaders need to think beyond this model and adopt a data centric approach whereby security controls and visibility need to follow the data wherever it goes. This concept is underpinned by three mandates:

1) Verify and secure all resources, regardless of location.
2) Limit and strictly enforce access controls across all user populations, devices and hosting models.
3) Log and inspect all traffic, both internal and external. 

By following these concepts, businesses can regain control and visibility which sits at the core of any successful protection ecosystem.

With so many employees already using cloud applications like Dropbox in a work context to sync, share and access files, integrating already highly adopted FSS solutions could be a key success factor in achieving a cloud-first strategy which is also safe and secure.

Dropbox Enterprise empowers staff with the ability to work anywhere, across any device, and provide the level of flexibility and scalability that modern businesses need to fuel change.

If you’re interested in finding out how your business can profit from a cloud based secure file sync and share solution, download the Forrester Report today, give us a call on 01344 387000 or book a 1-2-1 consultation with one of our experts.