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The Buck Stops At BYOC
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Andrew Froehlich
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Andrew Froehlich,
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1/30/2014 | 5:00:09 PM
Re: Like BYOC Or Not
@Thomas -- I don't see DLP as stopping those that are determined to steal data. Rather, it's designed to stop people from inadvertently doing so.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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1/30/2014 | 4:34:29 PM
Re: Like BYOC Or Not
Is DLP any more than compliance theater? If an employee is determined to steal data, DLP isn't likely to stop him or her. A smartphone with a camera can bypass corporate firewalls. 
Andrew Froehlich
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Andrew Froehlich,
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1/30/2014 | 11:16:58 AM
Re: Like BYOC Or Not
As of today, you're probably correct because the only thing preventing employees from accessing forbidden cloud tools is a written policy. But as more Data Loss Prevention (DLP) safeguards are put in place in enterprise organizations, you can count on the fact that access to the most popular consumer cloud products -- like DropBox -- will be blocked.  It won't simply be policy much longer...
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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1/30/2014 | 10:39:27 AM
Re: Like BYOC Or Not
The BYOC horse is already out of the IT barn. And it's been out of the barn for ages. Productivity wins every time. Flash drives won, personal e-mail accounts w/ corporate docs attached won, smartphones won, and now Dropbox is winning.
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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1/30/2014 | 9:54:46 AM
Re: Like BYOC Or Not
I'm with you Laurie. Back in the day, people (especially those in tech) had access to the latest and great technology through their employer. Now it's absolutely the reverse, For any number of reasons, our personal computing environment (smartphones, tablets, latops) is typically more state-of-the-art than the laptops we pound every day at work. The consumerization of IT will only continue to drive enterprises to accept BYOC. There's no turning back, IMO.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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1/29/2014 | 6:13:18 PM
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There are a lot of personal clouds out there. I use three. I tend to doubt enterprise IT will start blocking all of them. But in the post-Snowden era, you never know. I can see an increase in DLP tools that prevent access to any sensitive docs. Or if you can access them you won't be able to move them into a different folder or attach them to an email. I'm sure these features already exist but will ramp up in the coming year or two.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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1/29/2014 | 1:24:29 PM
Like BYOC Or Not
BYOC seems like too broad a term to me for personal use of cloud storage. But if you are saying BYOC calms down as a trend a year from now, I could not disagree more. Dropbox is here to stay. Users will break the rules if enterprises don't give them palatable alternatives. I have heard many IT execs still answering this question by saying "Dropbox is forbidden" -- wink, wink.


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