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Olympic-size woes and the dark side of tech innovation

Can you believe what a disappointment these games are turning out to be? Oh, we’re not talking about the Olympics. We’re referring of course to Zynga’s recent woes. Yes, in life, as in the Olympics, there are winners and there are losers. In this week’s roundup we catch up with a few former tech world superstars who won’t be up on a podium any time soon. Also up: the dark (Hat) side of tech innovation, some truly heroic leadership lessons and more.

Zynga may want to have a word with friends. Opinion is rife that Facebook doesn’t have the company’s best interests at heart.

We now know one outlet where BlackBerry users won’t be reading more bad news for RIM.

Where there’s money, there are criminals. Hot on the heels of tech innovation that makes your smartphone a virtual wallet comes a tech innovation that virtually steals that wallet.

Who doesn’t like a good chart? We especially like this one which attempts to diagram the main routes to unified information access (UIA) across silos when dealing with big data.

Finally, be sure to check out this week’s CIO Matters, wherein our crusading columnist Wendy Schuchart saves the day with awesomely powerful leadership lessons CIOs can glean from superheroes. Kapow!

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This really shouldn't come as that big of a surprise. Between the security breach last year and the report by the Fraunhofer Institute released in May (see here: https://bit.ly/PlOK8V), businesses and consumers should have already been looking warily at Dropbox and it's ilk. The bottom line is that these services are appealing because they are very consumer-user friendly, but that design also means that they aren't really enterprise security ready, and people need to be aware. For an alternative solution, check out www.TappIn.com
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not allowed at work
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it is probaby still being used, even it we tell users not to.
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and it is scary to read such news of a potential breach. Dropbox will hopefully shed some light on this asap
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Some depts use dropbox, but increasingly a "push" is on to use JungleDisk.
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We allow employees to download files from Dropbox if an account has been supplied by the client but offer an alternative when it comes to sharing our files with clients.
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We won't use it.
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Cloud Solutions are handled by third parties, only this is HUGE, HUMONGOUS security breach.

If I have to use Cloud Storage in my organisation I would use the VPN and NEVER EVER Dropbox
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"While the issue is specific to Dropbox, it also impacts the overall perception of the cloud's security"

Read as: It aligns people's perceptions with the reality that your data in the cloud will be pilfered, most likely without you knowing.

"Even if this doesn't impact people, it's still scary for the cloud when organizations and IT are just getting comfortable with it,"

The fact that people are 'getting comfortable with it' is even more scary! After a good run of security breeches and the ensuing lawsuits, perhaps the bean counter's ROI projections will determine that the cloud isn't really a cost saver at all. Because maximizing profits is more important than affording proper protections to customer data. Right?
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All data should be securely encrypted before being 'filed' online.

RobinDG@continuity-solutions.co.uk
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We do not allow our users to use Dropbox
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In my organization the motto is "When in doubt blame the IT guys." If there is a security breach I would rather it happen within my datacenter than some service siting on the web that is completely out of my control. So when blame is assigned there is some sense of fairness.
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It's a good tool , and people should take care of their data . It's not less safer than anything else like Google drive or SkyDrive
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We use Rackspace.
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I made an inhouse application that does the same thing but is very secure.
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This is a scary topic.
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No we don't use it. But personally I use it..
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Security of SaaS apps needs to be the top priority of these service providers through strong passwords, mandatory password changes, and data encryption over the wre and storage.
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It´s a good tool, but need to improve security..
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We don't support it.
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Working for an organisation which holds financially sensitive information - dropbox is a definate no go area!
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Check out ShareFile from Citrix. Enterprise ready cloud based storage and management tools.
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Look how DropBox, Box, etc. get positioned when compared against things like ShareFile, for example. This is IT's "I told you so!" moment that will eventually lock out these types of offerings from consumerization efforts in IT, and maybe rightly so. Companies that pay the appropriate attention to CSO and CIO concerns over cloud security will be the ones that succeed.
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Only allowed for Apple users as altnerative to iCloud and mobile users for portable document management & large file transfer/storage.
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In particular mobile devices are our concern, while data protection is still vulnerable
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Encryption is incredibly necessary, but the weak link is rarely the algorithm, but the implementation and key handling. It can definitely give a false sense of security.

Among the many controls the cloud is missing, traceability and auditing is a huge one. Do you have the available forensics to see what was viewed/copied/etc? Heck, storing your data at some server farm in who-knows-where provides you NO assurance of physical security controls. Both of these are incredible advantages to in-housing your data.

It may be a bit more expensive, but do you know why? Because it is worth it.
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We don't specifically address it yet.
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Dropbox is one of the poster children of "consumerization" in business. The reason that people (and by extension, companies) started using Dropbox is primarily because it's EASY. That ease of use was and still is the driver, not security. For many individual users it doesn't matter that companies offer alternatives to Dropbox; many of those alternatives existed before Dropbox but people turned to Dropbox anyway because it's EASY. I know there are people out there using Dropbox even though they are working for companies that don't allow Dropbox. For many employees it's a matter of getting work done or not getting work done ... so they go with Dropbox because it works. As IT professionals we need to find ways to make Dropbox usage more secure rather than arguing over whether there are alternatives or whether it's allowed by corporate policy. That ship has already sailed.
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not for security reasons
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I receive this kind of annoying spam as well, but not with the address associated with Dropbox. Looks more like a problem with Yahoo to me.
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no cloud apps allowed
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We allow downloads from partners who only support Dropbox but our uploads go through ShareFIle.
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Following the logic of allowing potentially unencrypted data to sit outside the stewards perview simply for convenience sake, we may as well just put our private key password on our business cards because its "convenient".
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strongly encourage users to use web interface while at work
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As always, IT should not be seen to be stifling innovation. AS such it's necessary to provide the business with it's requirements...as long as it is a business request, not just one upstart who thinks they know better than IT!!
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Need to keep watching, what worked yesterday - won't work tomorrow.
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We love Dropbox, but we also want to make sure Dropbox is on top of security issues. Their response to this info demonstrates their seriousness towards cloud security. After all, if there is a problem with cloud security generally, it will effect all cloud providers, not just Dropbox.
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this may rise concerns
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Yes, for customer facing documents and other low security documents and files.
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Dropbox has a long history of insecurity including class action, iOS client storing credentials in the clear, etc. Cloud file storage can be done right. Dropbox either doesn't know how or doesn't care.
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Data is the core of your business, why would you trust it to someone else (especially with no contract eg Dropbox)
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We use OpenText Tempo - much more secure.
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How secure is the cloud, or how secure is were the data is stored?, of course after adding a good password.
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Corporately we wouldnt touch it in a million years.
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dropbox is not safe
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I always won't trust cloud based storage. You should really save anything that may have security impact in online storage like Dropbox.
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security is an issue.
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Only one question: why is it free? What do they gain in offering 2GB or even as little as 500MB of space for free?

Running a server cost electricity, maintenance, without mentioning all the cost associated to hace a server farm.

Big Brother watching you?
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I use Dropbox on my computers.
I don't know if there is a risk of using it.
I don't know that if it is secure enough to
braked by hackers or others.
How can one check that security ?
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Dropbox (along with Google Docs/Drive, Evernote and similar) is blocked on our proxy.
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Because we all work remotely it is a convenient method of file sharing that we feel comfortable with and have trust in the security.
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We support for basic document sharing.
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No, but we are looking to offer an in-house alternative.
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for use with clients
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It's just too risky to rely on another organisation to keep your files secure. You're better off developing an in-house solution, even if it utilises cloud technology, at least you're in control.
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Am experimenting with substituting DropBox for a previous ftp account to be used as production file transfer to vendors.
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I do not trust current security on cloud services.
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Dropbox has to force their users to periodically change their pwd
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In order of security and IT Management Controls -
Box
Google Drive
Dropbox
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Used for file sharing, not for colaboration
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