SAN FRANCISCO--Close to half of IT security pros said their firms do not have a cloud app policy, while 17 percent said they are unaware of their firm's cloud app policy, opening up enterprises to security risks from unmonitored cloud apps.
Dropbox got a bushel of cash this week from financial backers and a valuation of $10 billion.
What was originally planned as a routine maintenance turned into a major outage that took the popular cloud storage Dropbox offline for a few hours, with problems for some users persisting until Sunday. In the midst of it were unverified claims that the service had been hacked, which eventually turned out to be untrue.
Google announced this week on the Google Developer's blog that the Google Drive SDK lets developers build deep integration with Google Drive (not unlike the way Dropbox has allowed embedding in other products, as we wrote this week with Onehub).
Onehub introduced a new product that takes advantage of Dropbox APIs to embed Dropbox folders inside the Onehub repository.
Facebook decided that Hive is not fast enough since it relies so heavily on the relatively sluggish MapReduce, a batch processing system. So Facebook created Presto to speed things along. But some in the industry are rejecting Presto saying Hive is plenty fast enough--even though Cloudera, HortonWorks and others are working hard on essentially speeding-up the Hive querying engine. Yes, there's drama in this tale.
To combat the problem of employees using consumer file-sharing services for work documents, enterprises need to educate their employees about the security risks of using those services and to offer enterprise-sanctioned file-sharing alternatives. Otherwise, employees will continue to bypass IT policies and put corporate data at risk.
The legitimacy of IT security's concerns about public document storage services were demonstrated by two researchers who recently cracked Dropbox's security, bypassing the firm's two-factor authentication and hijacking accounts.
Cloud storage and file sync service Dropbox broke the 100-million user mark late last year. So it might be a little late to ask the question, but ITPro does raise a set of concerns about the suitableness of Dropbox for enterprise business.
Zoho Docs suddenly looks like a more serious challenger to Google Docs.