Handle with Care:

Protecting Sensitive Data in Microsoft SharePoint, Collaboration Tools and File Share Applications

As this study from Metalogix and Ponemon Institute reveals, most organizations are not taking sufficient steps to protect content from accidental exposure or a data breach.

Inside this report you'll find:

  • Security and governance strategies companies use to combat risk
  • Detail on technology and tasks deployed in SharePoint vs. other applications
  • Industry and country comparisons

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Insights from the Ponemon/Metalogix Report


1 in 2 Have Been Breached

Half of the organizations in the report had at least one confirmed data breach within SharePoint in the past two years. Twenty-two percent may have experienced a breach but don't have the ability to know for sure.

Insiders Considered Greatest Threat

The threat of an accidental data breach caused by negligent behavior of employees, third party contractors or partners is a far greater concern than targeted attacks by external hackers.

Insufficient Security Practices

63% say they do not have sufficient visibility into where sensitive data is located. Most organizations are not conducting SharePoint audits and do not have appropriate policies for the use of cloud-based tools such as Dropbox or Box.

Need for Data Loss Prevention

Respondents believe having appropriate technologies in place would be the most effective solution to prevent data breaches, more essential than having a larger budget or hiring more skilled employees.

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