Using free online storage and collaboration systems dramatically increases a company’s risk of a data breach. Many of these tools automatically synchronize desktop folders with folders in the cloud. Compromised credentials can give hackers easy access to all of a company’s sensitive information.
Companies need to monitor traffic over known P2P ports and over commonly used ones, like 80 and 21. It’s not just data loss prevention, it’s ensuring that policies that address “what data can be sent to whom” are enforced – regardless of port and security mechanisms.
Most of today’s threats with P2P file sharing come from applications that work in conjunction with cloud services, leaving room for hackers to create desktop onramps for their own use.”
In a recent case, the FTC found the breach. The truth is – the companies breached should have found it first.
Many enterprise collaboration tools have browser-based portals set to automatically download documents from specific locations. Simply changing the default settings away from “My Documents” can prevent employees from unknowingly downloading and installing applications that could increase a company’s risk of a breach.
Frank Kenney is Vice President, Global Strategy and Product Management at Ipswitch, responsible for defining the company's vision and strategy and integrating his global perspective into the products, services and messaging. Frank brings an unmatched depth of experience and knowledge in the managed file transfer space to the team. Most recently, Frank was a Research Director at Gartner, Inc., responsible for analyzing topics including managed file transfer, application integration, SOA, and business process management. He initiated and drove the Magic Quadrants on managed file transfer and SOA governance technologies. Before joining Gartner, Frank was Director of Creative Services and Content Distribution at the Executive Business Group. Frank holds a degree in Music Technology from the Center for the Media Arts and has studied English and Computer Science at University of Tampa. When not working, Frank can be found living the life of a frustrated musician and producer in his home studio in Tampa.
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