Businesses Lack File-Sharing Security Policies
Four in 10 of employed individuals agree that they could easily transfer business-sensitive data outside the company using a file-sharing service.More than one-quarter (27 percent) of file-share service users report still having access to documents from their previous employer and nearly two in five (38 percent) previous and current users have transferred sensitive files through file-sharing services that are not approved by IT, according to an online survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults conducted by Harris Interactive and sponsored by Egnyte. The survey results illustrate a major exposure for today’s businesses when it comes to the transfer and storage of data through unapproved and insecure cloud-only file-sharing services, and indicate employees want easy access to files and will adopt tools that allow them to share and collaborate on projects, with or without IT’s consent. For example, more than half (51 percent) of employed individuals agree that collaborating on file-sharing services (such as Dropbox and YouSendIt) is secure for business documents, and 46 percent of employed individuals agree that it would be easy to take sensitive business documents to another employer. In addition, 38 percent of employed individuals that have used file-sharing services have transferred sensitive files on an unapproved file-sharing service to someone else at least once and 10 percent have done it six or more times.
More than four in 10 (41 percent) of employed individuals agree that they could easily transfer business-sensitive data outside the company using a file-sharing service, and 31 percent of employed individuals agree that they would share large documents that are too big for email through a file-sharing service without checking with their IT departments.