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July 22, 2016
Bitkom, Germany’s digital association representing the digital economy, considers security the most important theme of 2016 in the IT industry. Cloud Computing, Big Data and Internet of things are just behind, part of a growing revolution of production and consumption in the digital era.
This fits with other reports like a recent Forrester report we wrote about which notes that the dangers of unsecured and uncontrolled sharing of data are a key threat for modern organizations.
Nextcloud empowers organizations and consumers to take back control over their data. With deep integration in enterprise infrastructure and easy to use features to control data sharing and security, privacy is protected in our self-hosted solution.
Nextcloud is designed from the ground up to keep you in control. In the admin panel, admins can control what kind of sharing users can do and enforce protective measures like passwords and expiry dates on shares, as well as quality limits on user passwords themselves.
Users can use the Activity feed to keep an eye on what happens with their files while for enterprises, more extensive logging is available through an API.
Our upcoming release will introduce new features to help users stay in control and ensure their system is safe. We won’t spoil all of them yet, but the announcement of our beta contains a number of improvements.
A major feature to keep your data secure is 2 factor authentication, an effort started by our security team lead Lukas Reschke early this year. 2 Factor Authentication is about combining two different identity proofs when authenticating. For example, ‘something you know’ like a password or the name of your grandfather) and ‘something you have’, like a mobile phone or a physical authentication token generator. Other factors can include physical things like finger prints or retina scans.
Not everyone can set up 2 factor authentication, but there are more ways to improve security. Brute Force protection is coming to Nextcloud 10, checking for attempts to break into an account by trying different passwords. When detected, it will block these attempts at an IP level.
For day to day usage, admins of large installations need to control who can access data depending on location, user group, file type, creation dates or other factors. Nextcloud 10 will introduce powerful capabilities to control access to files in a fine grained way.
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