Cloud Data Protection, Dropbox for Business Style Dropbox for Business Adoption Is Increasing Adoption of the Dropbox for Business platform is taking off for both personal and professional use.…

Cloud Data Protection, Dropbox for Business Style

Michael Gleason

I spend my days (and nights) explaining how the strengths of the cloud - high availability, scalability, and interoperability - can help us overcome what is often considered its greatest weakness: security.


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Dropbox for Business Adoption Is Increasing

Adoption of the Dropbox for Business platform is taking off for both personal and professional use. In fact, in “The Business Value of Dropbox,” IDC reports that enterprise adoption of Dropbox “translates to an average annual business benefit … of $247,400 per 100 users.” Additionally, in “File Sync and Share and the Future of Work,” Forrester Research shares that users are already utilizing sync and share platforms, with 70% using such platforms daily.

Security Out of the (Drop)box

Dropbox itself offers a very secure platform, focusing on security at the infrastructure and platform levels through measures such as encryption at rest, encryption in transit, data center security, and more. These efforts are verified through independent, third-party audits and certifications, such as SSAE-16 SOC II.

Dropbox Cloud Data Protection Considerations

For organizations seeking additional level of control and protection of their most critical information assets, there are four key data protection considerations to pay mind to.

Sharing and User Behavior. We all know that file sync and share applications enhance users’ ability to access and share information, including data of a sensitive nature. What control does your organization have to ensure that such data assets are not being caught up in that sprawl?

Personal vs. Corporate Accounts. Dropbox offers functionality to make it easy for users to distinguish when they are using their personal or professional Dropbox account. Again, how do organizations ensure proper usage and that corporate assets aren’t making their way into personal accounts?

Indiscriminate Backup. Some use Dropbox for backup. What degree of discretion are employees using regarding what is – or isn’t – being uploaded? For instance, are sensitive financial documents you may want to keep an eye on being brought into the platform? If so, do you have any control over that?

Compliance. For some organizations, Dropbox is in scope for audits. For others, it may not be. Different organizations have different concerns regarding compliance. How is yours verifying that payment card information, health care records, or social security numbers, for example, aren’t within Dropbox – or, if they are, what additional measures are being taken to protect them?

The Next Step

If you’re looking to take a deeper dive into the topic, be sure to download our eBook on cloud data protection for the Dropbox for Business platform to help you:

  • Understand data security considerations relevant to Dropbox
  • Walk away with a series of actionable recommendations to build a cloud security program
  • Master security-conscious best practices to share with your users
  • Obtain sample cloud data protection policies to ensure strong data security and compliance


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