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A Sophos Whitepaper March 2014 2 Protecting Your Data On The Network, Cloud And Virtual Servers Data protection everywhere We live in a world where data can be stored and accessed anywhere. This requires an evolution in the way we view data protection. Ultimately, the "where" doesn't matter. What's important is that your data is securely encrypted, independent of its location. Your data protection strategy can't focus solely on encrypting laptops, desktop computers and USB devices. Instead you need to enable encrypted data to move seamlessly between storage locations, secure from prying eyes but immediately accessible to those who need it. At Sophos we see three main developments in the data protection environment: • Securing data in cloud storage services • Securing central file shares • Securing virtual servers This paper explores each of these and looks at how SafeGuard Enterprise can help you protect data everywhere. Securing data in cloud storage services Cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, Egnyte or Microsoft's OneDrive are useful tools that let people access their files from anywhere, on any device. They're great for collaboration and productivity. But if the data's not encrypted before being uploaded to the cloud, these services have the potential to undo all your on-premise data protection efforts. Here are four main risks posed by cloud storage services: 1. Accidental data loss: Users can share sensitive information stored in the cloud with anyone, opening the door to common errors such as sending the link to a document to the wrong person. 2. Data theft: Hackers know that cloud storage services are modern day pots of gold, making them a common target for attack. Of course, all reputable cloud storage services take security very seriously. However, users themselves create easy theft opportunities, such as by using simple passwords for their cloud storage accounts rather than the complex hard-to-crack ones that are enforced within your organization. 3. Storage provider vulnerabilities: Cloud storage providers have full access to your data and control where it is stored, making your data subject to security and technical issues with the providers themselves. 4. Poor user practices: Your users are mobile, and the use of cloud storage services is increasing rapidly. Users often find it quicker and easier to access files from the cloud rather than using a VPN to connect to the corporate network. If they aren't given a safe, approved way to use such services they invariably search for work-arounds, without consideration for the security of your corporate data.

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