Cyber security has been a hot topic in the press this week as news of a web site that has been hosting breached webcam, baby monitor and CCTV footage raised alarm bells worldwide. The hacker hosting the web site had allegedly been able to access the footage due to weak or default passwords on the devices. UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said that the incident should “sound a general alert” and highlight the fact that “there are people out there snooping”. The lesson here for consumers – as often is this case – is that you don’t leave your front door unlocked when you leave your house, and the same should be true for the devices and online services you use. This is a stark reminder as to why setting secure passwords is so important.

Security remained a key theme with the British Standards Institution (BSI) warning that UK businesses are sitting on a security time bomb due to of a lack of understanding around how to protect data assets. A BSI survey of IT decision makers revealed that more than half (56 per cent) of UK businesses are more concerned with cyber security than 12 months ago. Unsurprisingly, 70 per cent attribute this to “hackers becoming more skilled and better at targeting businesses”. It’s clearly critical that businesses remain vigilant when it comes to security and ensure that they’re using tools and services that meet their stringent security requirements.

On this note, 451 Research has surveyed more than a thousand IT professionals on the sync and share tools used within their companies and Dropbox was the clear leader with more than 40 per cent admitting that their organization used the tool. With so many of the workforce now using personal sync and share tools in the workplace, the enterprise has effectively lost control not only over the technologies employees are using, but where corporate content is stored. A free-for-all use of personal cloud services, external hard drives, smartphones, tablets and USBs, has turned enterprise content store into a giant, unruly jigsaw puzzle. With people busily stashing data all over the place, companies simply have no idea where their content is kept. Information needs to be stored centrally so that everyone with permission can access it, regardless of whether an employee has left the company.

Alastair Mitchell

Co-founder


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