Trendspotting: Bring Your Own Service, or BYOS
by David Gibson
All too often these services will act as a Trojan Horse, breaching the defenses of a corporation and opening them up to all kinds of counter attacks.
This is because the very strength of BYOS – ease of use – is its vulnerability. A virtual folder, which looks and seemingly acts like a regular folder, replicates files placed in it as soon as possible to another computer, device, and/or “cloud drive.” This means that instantly crucial and confidential information is outside the protection of the enterprise.
Once you have identified who in your workforce has a need to share files outside of traditional corporate platforms, you can work with them to verify whether it’s legitimate and why they feel the need to use these services. Is it that the files are too big to email? Are they trying to share information with a third party — again legitimately or otherwise? Perhaps it’s because connecting to internal resources either isn’t possible or feasible or it’s just too complex?
While cloud-based solutions are steadily improving, an immediate and straightforward answer resides in deploying premise-based software capable of providing the experience of a cloud service while keeping precious data in the enterprise. With the right file synchronization offering in place, IT managers can grapple with the threats of BYOS and reduce the temptation to use them in the first place.