Firms at serious risk of data loss through file sharing and unintended exposure

Everything old is new again? Warwick Ashford reports:

Businesses are at serious risk of data loss and compliance violations due to risky file-sharing practices, a study by the Ponemon Institute has revealed.

Business leaders are failing to respond to the escalating risk of ungoverned file sharing and regular breaches of security policies by staff, according to the study commissioned by Intralinks.

Almost half of the more than 1,000 information security professionals polled in the UK, Germany and US believe their company lacks clear visibility of staff-use file-sharing or file sync-and-share applications.

Read more on Computer Weekly.

But wait, there’s more

Speaking of over-shared or exposed files, heard from someone who pointed us to this blog post suggesting that a Google-HP partnership, “SMBITinaBox,” is responsible for millions of sensitive do-not-share files being indexed and exposed in Google.  Inspection of the Google search results suggests that yes, the firms probably did not intend to have many of these files indexed or available. does not have the resources to properly investigate the allegation that SMBITinaBox is responsible for the problem, but hopefully, some researcher(s) will look into this and either confirm or refute the allegations.

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