Securing SharePoint’s Content Blind Spots

July 10, 2012 |

Excerpt from Infosecurity Magazine, ‘Securing SharePoint’s Content Blind Spots’ by Kurt Mueffelmann:

Driver’s education teaches us to protect our blind spot, to always check and double check it. As recent insurance commercials have comically pointed out, you never know what dangers hide back there. Despite learning early in our driving career to watch, we still have trouble remembering to check out blind spots.

The same holds true when it comes to content blind spots that plague many enterprises; and just like in our cars, content blind spots can result in serious loss.

One of Microsoft SharePoint’s particularly troubling organizational blind spots is content governance, specifically how content is organized and secured. As the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) noted in a study last year, only 20% of respondents have confidence in SharePoint to store sensitive information. And they have every right to be skeptical of content security inside SharePoint: 27% of the organizations surveyed by AIIM store valuable content in SharePoint without clear governance policies, and 60% have not brought SharePoint in line with their existing compliance policies.

Sensitive information – such as protected healthcare information (PHI), personally identifiable information (PII), corporate confidential data, and trade secrets – live within SharePoint. Without protecting your blind spot by classifying and securing information inside SharePoint, you’re setting yourself up for a crash.

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