The results of a survey have found that Microsoft® SharePoint users are aware of the risks that exposing sensitive data c an cause to their organization, yet unbelievably they are using the collaboration tool as an excuse to turn a blind eye.

  • 92% of respondents understood that taking data out of SharePoint made it less secure
  • 30% were willing to take the risk stating they were "Not bothered if it helps me get the job done".
  • 34% confessed they never really thought about the security implications of SharePoint.
  • 13% believe protecting company data is not their responsibility.
Rather than ignoring what's happening, steps need to be taken that recognize the increasing porosity of the perimeter and allow the workforce to harness the power SharePoint offers without compromising security.
- Daniel Nilsson, Data Loss Prevention Expert, Cryptzone

Survey at a glance

When examining users’ handling of sensitive or confidential information, a defiant 45% of SharePoint users said that they disregard the security within SharePoint and copy sensitive or confidential documents from the collaboration tool to their local hard drive, USB device or even email it to a third party.

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So you think SharePoint is secure!?
Organizations implement Microsoft SharePoint to improve knowledge sharing and boost collaboration, which in many cases include confidential and commercially sensitive information. However the results of a recent survey sponsored by Cryptzone, reveal that a sizeable majority disregard security measures and opt to share information illicitly with unauthorised third parties. This presentation will briefly share the key findings of the survey undertaken at a SharePoint conference. It will go on to explore two security approaches to increase SharePoint security:

  • 3 Dimensional Permissions: User and context based encryption of any document type held within SharePoint. Documents remain ’controlled’ outside the SharePoint environment for secure collaboration.
  • Context Aware Access: Limiting the amount of access to internal SharePoint servers based on a user’s context and the device used