- Posted July 17, 2014 by
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Security concerns with online collaboration can’t be ignored
Security threats are a constant issue, and those who rely on online collaboration are not immune from the problems. As attacks become more complex and difficult to handle, it is no longer possible to sit back and ignore them. Action must be taken before they become an issue in addition to remaining vigilant at all times.
A recent case in China reveals that security issues can become a national concern and quickly escalate. Reuters reports that China has decided the iPhone is a threat because of its tracking abilities. The smartphone is not the only device that leads to concerns, and other electronics along with online software programs have become an issue.
You don't have to travel to China to be exposed to security issues; the number of threats grows daily around the world. One area that has seen an influx of concerns is online collaboration software such as SharePoint, Basecamp and others. Many people rely on these programs at work, but they may not realize the hidden dangers behind them.
Sensitive information gets shared by workers every day using software programs, yet they rarely receive the training necessary to understand security or consider outside threats. In addition, online programs have made it more difficult to determine who is responsible for keeping security upgrades updated. Monitoring is usually a problem because businesses rarely have the ability to hire additional staff to keep track of security. However, there are options such as SharePoint governance that can automate the process and make it easier to manage. Companies must realize they need to actively pursue security instead of waiting for a problem to develop.
The Internet has made collaborating with others a simple process, yet there are drawbacks that many people fail to recognize. One of the main issues is security, and the constant attacks that make headlines on a daily basis should serve as a warning to companies. They cannot allow online threats to escalate before taking action, and waiting for a problem to develop is not a safe way to run a business. Although training employees and educating them about online safety is an important step, it is also vital to consider other options such as having daily checks for problems, using security upgrades and running reports. It may not be possible to prevent every online attack but taking an active role in the process is still valuable.