Security Concerns with Microsoft SharePoint

Ongoing governance and oversight of SharePoint usage and content is critical, but usually done poorly.

Most business managers have little visibility into their Microsoft SharePoint environments, and believe that the collaboration tool could put them at risk of data theft, according to new research from enterprise provisioning firm Courion.

The company found that, although SharePoint sites are proliferating among organisations, 86 per cent of managers are concerned that sensitive data is finding its way onto these sites without proper safeguards.

Over a third of firms have no policy defining acceptable usage for SharePoint, and around 63 per cent do not have the tools in place to monitor SharePoint usage, access or policy compliance.

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0 thoughts on “Security Concerns with Microsoft SharePoint

  1. I like to pass along things that work, in hopes that good ideas make their way back to me. Data breaches and thefts are due to a lagging business culture – and people aren’t getting the training they need. As CIO, I look for ways to help my business and IT teams further their education. Check your local library: A book that is required reading is “I.T. WARS: Managing the Business-Technology Weave in the New Millennium.” It also helps outside agencies understand your values and practices.
    The author, David Scott, has an interview that is a great exposure: http://businessforum.com/DScott_02.html
    The book came to us as a tip from an intern who attended a course at University of Wisconsin, where the book is an MBA text. It has helped us to understand that, while various systems of security are important, no system can overcome laxity, ignorance, or deliberate intent to harm. Necessary is a sustained culture and awareness; an efficient prism through which every activity is viewed from a security perspective prior to action.
    In the realm of risk, unmanaged possibilities become probabilities – read the book BEFORE you suffer a breach.

  2. organizations are best adviced to go for “managed solutions”. these organizations are experts in securing data and ensuring compliance, expertise than is mostly not available in-house. the maximum role a company should have in managing data security is to set permissions to data.

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