Ten cloud file-sharing terms
It's not easy to keep up with all the technologies and terms that go along with cloud-based file sharing because the market is constantly changing. Check out this guide to cloud definitions to brush up on the basics. Read Now
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.
How cloud storage and collaboration affect email
Communication via email isn't dead and it probably won't go away any time soon. But social networking, cloud storage and collaboration tools make teaming up with co-workers a lot easier. Read Now
Where file sharing and email meet
Sometimes files are too big to send from a corporate email account, and that's one time that users turn to personal email accounts. Services such as Gmail can support those big attachments because they're sent through the cloud. Read Now
Five cloud app suites and collaboration services
Cloud-based business application suites and collaboration services can be appealing for IT because they require fewer IT resources and less maintenance. Check out these five options, including Office 365 and Google Apps for Business. Read Now
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.
How cloud-based services endanger data security
When workers use personal cloud-based services for work, they can jeopardize the security of corporate data. Users often leak files or make them public without knowing it. Read Now
Box's security features ease some cloud concerns
Enterprise cloud service provider Box has security features -- such as multiple permissions layers, authentication and mobile device management integration -- that can help you feel good about letting workers use the cloud. Read Now
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.