Tech Tip: Cloud Apps Are a Huge Threat

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If you’re using Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive or other consumer-grade file sync and sharing cloud applications, listen up.

These applications pose a huge threat to your company. That’s because company data can be spread far and wide without central oversight of what information is being shared with whom. Furthermore, more than seven million Dropbox accounts have been hacked, giving cybercriminals a path into the company’s network.

This is even more important if your company has access to and/or stores financial, medical or other sensitive data. Using file-sharing applications like these are a clear and direct violation of data breach and compliance laws. Bottom line: Don’t Use Them for Company Data. Use only company-approved, business-grade file-sharing applications.

Alan Edwards, CISM, is chief information officer at Computerware, Inc., in Vienna, Virginia.

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