How much confidential info is left unprotected in SharePoint?

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Aug 13, 2013 11:33 pm PST

A Cryptzone security survey undertaken amongst SharePoint practitioners at the Microsoft conference in Las Vegas, reveals how many organizations have inadequate security and governance measures in place to help prevent data misuse and loss from their SharePoint environments.

Whether this is because managers naively still believe that SharePoint is not a repository for sensitive and confidential information or they have not got to grips with central management of sprawling SharePoint deployments is unclear.

40% of participants admitted that they, or people they know, have accessed information not intended for their consumption. While salary details topped the list for unauthorized access to sensitive content (46%), valuable data assets, such as insider information, M&A details and Intellectual property represented more than one third of contraventions, which should sound alarm bells in many a boardroom. “Data leaks of this nature are not just about non-compliance, but can affect the business results of the whole enterprise” says Einar Lindquist, CEO at Cryptzone.