Gartner Research

Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing: Thinking Through the Security Issues

Published: 25 October 2013

ID: G00255124

Analyst(s): Mario de Boer


Consumer-grade file sync and share solutions are popular, but allow information to sprawl to unmanaged devices and uncontrolled cloud services. Risk-sensitive enterprises can follow this assessment's guidelines in mapping their risk profile to the available enterprise-grade FSS solutions.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • The Current Position of FSS
  • Risks of Uncontrolled Sync and Share
    • Consumer Solutions and Their Security Features
  • The Challenges of Blocking
  • Demands for File Sync and Share
    • User Demands
    • Enterprise Demands
    • Attacker's Interest
  • Assessing the Risk of FSS Use
  • Bolt-On Security: When and Why Not
  • Requirements and Product Features
    • Network Security Requirements
    • Server-Side Security Requirements
    • Application Security Requirements
    • Endpoint Security Requirements
    • One Ring to Rule Them All?
  • Market
    • Technology Is a Main Differentiator
    • Container-Level Protection Versus Persistent Data-Level Protection Through Rights Management
    • Products
  • Deployment and Operations
  • The Future of File Sync and Share
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

The Details

  • Popular Consumer-Grade Solutions and Their Security Features
    • Microsoft SkyDrive
    • Google Drive
    • Apple iCloud
    • Dropbox

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