A recent blog post by Softchoice security expert Stephen Perciballi outlines the challenges faced by organizations that use third-party services to store their data. He points out that while it’s not unusual for companies to spend thousands, or even millions of dollars securing their corporate data center, a single critical file saved by an employee to a less-than-secure consumer Cloud solution circumvents it all.
IT managers are well aware of this risk and worry about hackers getting hold of user login credentials, and the potential for viruses, Trojans and malware to infiltrate sensitive corporate information. In the worst-case scenario, these propagate right up to the server level in a DDoS attack – to bring it all down.
The fact is users enjoy the collaboration and productivity third-party Cloud SaaS apps provide. And all they need is a credit card to access an app like Yammer from the office, cottage, or coffee shop. This puts IT Managers in a bit of a quandary. Do they take the unpopular but safe approach and block Cloud SaaS apps altogether? And is that even possible? Or, do they accept these changing times – and a changing workforce – and work with users to make access to third party Cloud SaaS apps secure?