EFSS and security/governance in 2016

As the last of my four-part series looking at 2016 in the EFSS marketplace, I spoke with ESG's VP of Research and Analyst Services John McKnight about security and governance in file-sharing.

The short version is that laws have not caught up with technology — while the Internet by definition removes global boundaries, the law still respects them. How do we deal with cross-border governance questions?

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity data governance EFSS enterprise file sync and share

Getting a Grip on Human-generated Data

How many work-related documents, images, and videos do you interact with on a daily basis? Before you answer, include the number of e-mails you send and receive. Tens? Hundreds? Maybe thousands? And that’s just you. Imagine if you’re part of a huge organization with thousands of employees. The number grows exponentially. Now imagine you’re an IT admin who is supposed to be monitoring all of that. Scary, right? Do the right people have access to the right files? Has an owner of the data been identified? Who is accessing which files? How long has it been since a file was last accessed? Are any of the files sensitive? Are the sensitive files exposed to the wrong people? If you answered “I don’t know” to any of those questions, you could be setting yourself up for a major headache down the road.

Topics: Data Protection Information and Risk Management Security and Privacy data governance