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Open File Shares Are Your Biggest Cloud Security Problem

Published: 17 August 2018

ID: G00350531

Analyst(s): Jay Heiser, Steve Riley


News reports document cloud security failures involving open file shares every day — content someone deliberately or accidentally exposed to outsiders. Because most cloud services can share data externally, security and risk management leaders must set, enforce and maintain appropriate policy usage.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Grasp the Risks Related to Design Differences in Content Storage vs. Sharing and Use the Correct Tool for the Job
  • Assess the Cloud Services in Use and the Level of External Exposure
  • Assign Someone to Be Responsible for Managing Policies and Procedures on Open Share and Object Storage Use
  • Investigate the Use of Mechanisms Including EDRM and DLP as Highly Controlled Ways to Share Data Outside the Organization

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