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SharePoint users develop insecure habits

A survey has found that Microsoft SharePoint users are aware of the risks that exposing sensitive data can cause to their organization, yet they still turn a blind eye. The study, sponsored by Cryptzone, discovered that while 92 percent of respondents understood that taking data out of SharePoint made it less secure, 30 percent were willing to take the risk stating they were “Not bothered if it helps me get the job done”. Thirty four percent confessed they never really thought about the security implications of SharePoint, while incredibly 13 percent believe protecting company data is not their responsibility.

When examining users’ handling of sensitive or confidential information, 45 percent 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.

The main reasons for copying documents from SharePoint were either to work from home (43 percent) or share it with third parties who don’t have access to the tool (over 55 percent). What this practice demonstrates is that this new technology, while supposedly a business enabler, is recognized by many employees as a barrier and doesn’t live up to its full potential as an inclusive collaboration tool to enhance productivity.

To download the SharePoint Security Survey Results visit: http://www.cryptzone.com/sharepoint-security-survey

•Date: 19th January 2012 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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