Fundamentally, files are not smart. They do not have rules as to who can access them and what the user can do once the file has been accessed. Worse, files have the tendency to be lost and shared with the wrong recipients – think about the last time you incorrectly addressed an email. It’s a simple mistake, but one that can have major consequences. While the enterprise has widely adopted digital files, it has been much slower in adopting the protocols and solutions for making these digital files “smart,” despite the built-in identifying fingerprints being an inherent benefit of digital information. Because files like PowerPoints, spreadsheets and even photographs can be broken into minor bits of coding, it is possible to integrate secure functionality that is impossible with physical files.
Modern businesses require solutions that make files smarter not only in security, but for collaboration and mobility, as well. Because of mobile workforces and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs, enterprises need solutions designed to provide the granular, flexible and powerful security required by IT, while still delivering an elegant and intuitive user experience across desktops, tablets and smartphones to benefit user productivity.
In a world in which endpoints, networks and infrastructure cannot be secured from all risks, all the time, organizations need to consider making their files smarter no matter where they travel, as opposed to guarding the devices, programs and endpoints that open them. Solutions that protect businesses’ most sensitive information assets wherever they go in the course of business are the platforms that are truly valuable for the file sync and share (FSS) market.
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