Will North Korea Get Your Files Too?

Here’s a look at my taskbar. Look familiar?

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I bet it does. You might even have a few more apps that you use every single day to get work done, such as email, Microsoft SharePoint, or other sharing apps.

It’s only natural when you think about it. Sharing is integral to everything we do, both in our personal lives and at work. Every time you create a file, the end goal is nearly always to share that file with someone else. That someone else could be a co-worker, a partner, a vendor, or even a customer. Think about it. What would be the point of creating a PowerPoint just for yourself? Yeah, kind of pointless, right. But this new world also means that your files are suddenly everywhere.

I remember when I worked at Box, I spoke to the CIO of a Fortune 500 media company. The CIO was asking me some questions about Box, but I noticed that he was also running Google Drive, Dropbox, and Evernote. I asked him why he was running all four apps when Box could in essence do most of the work of all of them. His answer is now one I’ve heard multiple times from people all around the world. He said “Well, I use Box for work, I use Dropbox for personal stuff, I use Google Drive for some collaborative editing with outside vendors, and I use Evernote for my personal notes and memories. Oh, and of course I use email a lot too.

This way of working is becoming the new normal. People want the freedom to work however they choose, using their favorite applications. Trying to restrict users in this new reality rarely works because you’ll often just end up hindering business, creativity, and frustrate everyone. This means we need to rethink how we share information in a world without walls. Instead of trying to lock everything down, we need to flip the security model on it’s head and give users inherent security that is completely integrated with the apps they use everyday anyway.

We’ve all read about the horrible hack that happened at Sony. It’s truly horrendous for the employees, company and all the people they did business with. But instead of going back to the status quo where we try to lock everything down even further and restrict what users can share (over email or files), let’s instead take this opportunity to realize that our security models are broken and doesn’t offer the kind of protection we need in a world where your files are literally everywhere.

I don’t know about you. I like using all my favorite apps, but I want to have the peace of mind that my files and information is secure no matter where in the world it is. That’s what we are building for.

Written on December 17, 2014
by Robin Daniels
Tags:
  • Cloud Computing, 
  • Security