SpiderOak’s Private Storage
The recent breach for Dropbox has put enormous scrutiny on them when it comes to cloud storage capabilities, especially, since they are supposed to be able to support enterprise companies. It was a big blow for IT departments scrambling to work with their users to make sure no private data was breached, unless your IT department had created a security policy stating that private data is not be stored in just any cloud solution without their stamp of approval. I’m sure no one suspected that Dropbox would have such a lack of security but we were proven wrong. It is time for IT service providers to possibly look elsewhere for their cloud storage solution.
Many users are subscribers of Dropbox to store their personal information online and transfer and share documents daily, but as we have seen, this is not a completely secure solution? I would highly suggest working with your IT department or IT service provider to figure what solution is best for you soon. It is evident that hackers are going to expose security breaches for companies and small business whenever they pretty much feel like it. The amount of attacks from hackers and malware alone in 2012 are staggering.
Although, there are alternative solutions, such as Google Drive and SkyDrive from Microsoft, which both, offer free storage space. Another solution is called, SpiderOak, a cloud-based service allows a user to sync and access data across several computing devices, which include mobile devices that also enables users to share data. For example,users could share the contents of different folders with different users they choose to share their files with. As the folder is updated, those changes would be pushed out to everyone with access to it.
SpiderOak has two cloud offerings, Blue OL and an enterprise edition, SpiderOak Blue. The newest edition of the software targets schools to address a “classic” problem. Every year, CEO Ethan Oberman said, “you have an outgoing senior class in June and an incoming freshman class in September. The school is only buying 5,000 accounts. When those 1,250 seniors leave and the new 1,250 arrive, basically what they’re doing is transitioning out the seniors and transitioning in the freshman, but they’re [still] only paying for 5,000 accounts.”
Talk to your IT service provider about finding the right solution for your personal and organizational uses for cloud solutions. It’s always important to ask about the security risks and security policies for your organization. You don’t want to be singled out if a security breach occurs without an approved solution by your organization.