Are Your File-Sharing Users Breaking the Law?

Are your file-sharing users breaking the law?

People love the simplicity of services like Dropbox. So much so, they often go around IT to use them for accessing work files remotely. For many, it feels like no IT-provisioned solution is good enough when that option is a offered through a painfully slow and clunky VPN.

As you know, this situation poses enormous risks for business. IT loses control, a third-party is responsible for security and uptime, and worst of all, your employee might be breaking the law, exposing you to hefty regulatory fines, depending on your sector’s compliancy issues.

Novell’s Filr is one way many organizations are delivering a modern solution that delivers the flexibility end-users want, while providing IT with the governance they need. And there are big differences between consumer-grade SaaS like Dropbox, and Novell’s Filr offering.

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How to Secure the Cloud with Symantec O3

How to Secure the Cloud with Symantec O3

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?

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IBM’s Frank Morassutti on Server Virtualization’s Spread into the Data Center

IBM’s Frank Morassutti On Sever Virtualization’s Spread Into The Data Center

IBM’s Top Gun Frank Morassutti recently visited Softchoice, and we had a chance to sit down with him and discuss the data center trends, server commoditization, server virtualization and how IBM’s System X solution fits into the picture.

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