Cloud computing is delivering huge benefits to businesses, but it's also creating some new challenges. A recent report by the Ponemon Institute found that employees looking to get their work done more quickly are routinely violating company security policies by using personal file sharing products like Box, Dropbox and SkyDrive to share documents with colleagues. The resulting potential for data leaks and data losses from these consumer-grade products now poses as much of a risk for businesses as data theft. That's especially true when it comes to regulated industries like financial services.
Of course, users aren't deliberately setting out to break the rules. They're just looking for the same speed and convenience when they're at work as they already have in their personal lives. The solution for businesses, then, isn't to take away the convenience of these tools but to create a digital workplace which give staff tools that offer the same capabilities but which are designed for business—like Google Drive.
Google Drive offers all the benefits of products aimed at consumers: unlimited storage for files, which can be easily accessed from all your devices and shared with anyone, even if they don't have a Google account. It also provides dozens of critical security features to keep your data safe, secure and in your control. That includes encryption both while your data moves around and when it's stored on your mobile devices, as well as the ability to set sharing permissions to reduce the risk of data accidentally being shared with the wrong people.
Clearly there's a need for users to have access to effective file sharing tools—and an equal need for organisations to keep their data secure. With Google Drive, you can ensure security isn't sacrificed in order to improve productivity and collaboration.