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5 Data Security Challenges to Modern Collaboration

by | Jan 17, 2019

We recently released a new white paper on the 5 Data Security Challenges to Modern Collaboration. Here’s a brief excerpt. Click on the link below to read the full white paper and learn 5 tips for balancing security with collaboration in the modern workplace.


Team collaboration within the workplace has been evolving steadily for several years. From the early days of email attachments and network shares to the cloud-based document centric tools that are available today. In parallel, the data security and protection needs have also changed as collaboration has moved data beyond fixed office locations and corporate firewalls, cybersecurity threats have increased and new data protection regulations have come into effect. This paper will explore the underlying factors driving how people now use and share information and the impact that has had on how organizations need to protect their sensitive data. It will examine how the competing needs of users, IT Security and Information Security can result in serious data security risk within an organization and some of the considerations for mitigating that risk.

Collaboration in the Modern Workplace

Today the options for sharing and collaborating on content are more plentiful than they have been at any other point in time. The tools have also evolved to the stage where collaborating in real time on a single piece of content through dual editing or conversing with team members in the same user interface that the content resides is rapidly becoming commonplace.

Initially driven by collaboration platforms such as SharePoint, OneDrive, Box and Dropbox and now with tools like Slack and Microsoft Teams enjoying rapid adoption and favorable feedback from end users with their flexible content and user centric approach to collaboration. From the IT perspective many challenges remain as administrators and information security professionals attempt to maintain control of sensitive business data while also trying to keep users happy.

The resulting dynamic nature of how information is created and shared within the modern workplace coupled with the variety of security threats now present in the world requires enterprises to adopt new processes and technologies that will appropriately protect their sensitive data assets.

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