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Employee data sharingAn article in Help Net Security summarized results from a survey of 1,000 professionals of organizations with over 3,000 employees. The survey asked participants to answer questions about their use of cloud-based applications for document storage and sharing. While it is no surprise to learn that many large organizations still allow the sharing of corporate data via cloud-based services, the alarming part of the survey centers around the intentions of employees after they leave the company.

The survey reported that 20% of those surveyed have uploaded corporate data to a cloud application with the intention of sharing it outside the organization and a high percentage of users could still access that data after leaving their last company. A fair number of respondents said that they’d take corporate data with them after they leave the company even though they understood their own corporate policies against this type of behavior.

This is not a Dropbox issue per se. Think about all the sensitive information that might be stored right now on a third-party’s servers. Who controls access to that information? Who manages the creation of new accounts? Do they integrate with Active Directory authentication so that employees lose access once they leave the company? If you want to learn more about enterprise file synchronization and sharing, our EFSS whitepaper can help you gain a better understanding of how it works and why it is important. Download it from our website here.