Personal cloud storage is biggest security challenge

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MobileIron updates Docs@Work system software and says that  security is cloud’s biggest challenge

Personal cloud storage has become the “most important security challenge” for enterprises.

This is according to enterprise mobility management software provider MobileIron, speaking to Mobile News following the release of the latest update to its Docs@Work secure management software for enterprise devices.

The firm provides a security and management platform for enterprises that deploy mobile apps, devices or content.

“Every organisation is worried about employees uploading Word docs to their personal cloud storage. That is the most important one and the biggest factor in data loss for companies,” said MobileIron vice president strategy Ojas Rege.

He says that employees will continue to use personal storage applications, such as Dropbox, in spite of a clampdown from IT departments because it makes them more productive and they are convenient. He says it’s better if enterprises support choice and instead work on securing the documents in a device container.

“We don’t think this is going to go away. We think that users have different needs. Privacy trumps security in the eyes of the user – they’re just trying to be productive.

Framework

“You have to be able to support choice: all enterprise data is not going to be in one place any time soon,” he added. “You should be able to store your docs in any repository and you should be able to access them in any app. To do that you have to have a consistent security and policy framework.

The software company – which has a customer base of more than 6,000 customers, 70 per cent of whom have more than 1,000 customers – has announced a number of EMM updates which it has secured patents for. The goal is to allow employees to access any document from any online storage app and allow it to be to edited and store securely without compromising an enterprise’s data.

Digital footprint

The first stage will see an update added to its Docs@work container, which means users can search for files that have been stored across OneDrive, Box, Office 365 (sharepoint) and Dropbox.

Users can edit the documents via their device and re-save them in any of the aforementioned.

The firm is also working on a way to create a digital footprint of who has opened a document, who has edited it, locate it when it has been removed, as well as providing access permissions for each document.

 

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