It sounds like a scary headline from a comic book; however, malware infiltration is actually the theme of many articles circulating this week following the news that Chinese hackers are using Dropbox to spread malicious code to users. Because it is free for anyone to use, Dropbox can be a useful tool for hackers to distribute malware in corporate environments. IT security teams are wising up to the fact that Dropbox and other consumer-grade file sync and share (FSS) platforms can pose a huge risk to enterprise data assets.
Given the risks that cloud storage and file sync poses to individual users up through the largest organizations, developers are creating solutions with business users and IT security in mind. These types of solutions provide employees with the consumer-level usability that people use a Dropbox or Box for in the first place, yet they give management and IT security teams the visibility and control to wrangle unruly users, contain data compromised by device theft, or simply reclaim files from an email shot in the wrong direction. Dropbox, Box, Egnyte and Sugarsync cannot do this – period.
While the latest string of attacks by the Chinese may have been snuffed out, it only makes you wonder: How many other networks are in operation right now? After all, the country has a population of more than 1 billion people, and as one New York Times headline put it: “Hackers Find China is Land of Opportunity.”