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The ultimate guide to cloud-based file sharing

Last updated:October 2013

Editor's note

For many workers, cloud-based file sharing is indispensable: They use it for lots of different purposes, and they reach for it often.

The cloud can be helpful for IT administrators, too, but there are some caveats. You have to know the basics about the cloud, and then you have to choose the right cloud-based file-sharing service. You also have to trust your users not to mishandle company data. If those stars align for you, then employees' cloud use can reduce your workload, improve their productivity and happiness at work, and save your company money.

Read on to learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of cloud-based file sharing in the enterprise, including some expert tips and approaches to make the cloud work for you.

1Cloud email and productivity applications

Though concerns over the security of corporate data in personal cloud apps and email accounts might keep you up at night, IT actually has a lot to gain Cloud email, apps and productivity suites have become a part of the way employees work today. Though concerns over the security of corporate data in personal cloud apps and email accounts might keep you up at night, IT actually has a lot to gain. If you trust your users to do the right thing and you select the right cloud providers, cloud apps and email can decrease your overhead and your workload, all while improving employee productivity.

2The cloud and security concerns

Cloud services have been hacked and corporate data has leaked. It may not have happened to your company, and it might not in the future, but there are still some concerns around the security of cloud storage services and file-sharing tools. Make sure you know how data can be compromised and it will be easier for you to defend against those risks.

3Quiz: Business cloud storage and file sharing

Now that you've brushed up on the cloud and file sharing, take this quiz and see how much you really know.

4Glossary

Check out these definitions and learn more about cloud-based file sharing and cloud service providers.

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