I recently did a search via the web for phrases such as "dropbox competitors", “dropbox replacement”, “dropping dropbox”, “dropbox alternative”, “box.com replacement”, and others like them. As you can guess each search returned quite a few results for a variety of FSS (file sync and share) or MFT (managed file transfer) vendors. But when you think about it, why replace solutions we all love to use both at home and at work, with other solutions who promise to be the solution for all of our security and privacy issues?I’m sure such solutions will deliver upon their promise, making IT very very happy and relaxed – IT can now lock down access to DropBox, Box.com etc, and be sure there won’t be any threat of data leakage any more… but did anyone stop to think about the business users who need to learn a new solution, use it for their work documents while not being able to access their personal stuff (it’s stored in a solution they can’t access from work, remember…)?
So why not take a different approach, where both parties are happy, the IT don’t have to be concerned by security and data leakage, and the business users can continue using their cloud FSS solution of choice? Users just want to be assured that DropBox is safe for their confidential files. So this sounds like trying to cook an omelet without breaking any eggs into the frying pan? Well it’s not, at Safe-T we were actually able to crack this catch 22…
We developed a new client for our Safe-T Box solution, which looks very much like the common cloud FSS (DropBox, Box.com, etc) desktop clients. Through this desktop client users actually see their own cloud FSS storages, allowing them work in a manner they are used to and love.
The magic happens when a user copies a file into the folder representing their cloud FSS account – once the user copies a file, Safe-T Box intercepts the file and sends it to the organization’s DLP of choice to be verified. If the file is non-sensitive, then it’s uploaded by Safe-T Box to the cloud FSS storage.
But if the file is sensitive, it’s blocked by Safe-T Box and both the user and IT get a notification.
The same happens when a user downloads a file from the cloud, the file is 1st downloaded to Safe-T Box which can send it to be scanned by an anti-virus solution, and only then download it to the user’s machine. So the organization is also safe from infected files being downloaded from the cloud.
So if I want you to take only one thing from what I wrote, it’s this – why replace cloud FSS solutions when you can enable them securely from within your own network?