A recent Forrester report notes that unsecured and uncontrolled sharing of data opens the door to loss of version control, auditability, and control over innovative IP, creating business and legal risks.
Seventy-five percent of companies in these industries rely on email for file sharing and collaboration, while more than half use FTP sites.
The public cloud is a risky solution! A McAfee survey showed that 25% of organizations using public cloud suffered data theft.
Forrester urges senior corporate management and IT professionals to shift away from ad-hoc solutions like email, outdated technologies like FTP or customer-grade file sync and share like Dropbox or Google Drive. Key requirements they identify for a solution include:
By providing businesses a self hosted file access, sync and share solution with powerful integration in existing infrastructure and storage solutions, Nextcloud makes data available to users wherever it is. No need for new storage solutions or moving all data over. Easy integration and quick deployment brings organizations immediately in a compliant, secure state.
Secure with a low barrier to entry
Its familiar, easy to use interface on web, mobile and desktop allows users to work efficiently and be confident everybody has access to the same, latest version of data. Its enterprise capabilities ensure IT maintains full control over sharing, retention and availability of data within and across the boundaries of the organization.
Decentralized and hybrid
Last but not least, Nextcloud is a perfect fit for a Hybrid Cloud strategy, enabling universal access to data irrespective of where it is stored: on an internal network, in the cloud or even at a partner. Through Global Scale, it is possible to host multiple separate Nextcloud servers to ensure data locality rules are while inter-server sharing and encryption of unsafe storage ensure data is both safe and seamlessly accessible at all times.
Simply keeping your data behind your company firewall rather than in the cloud makes compliance and security easy.
With Nextcloud, you don't lose the benefits of modern cloud collaboration and team productivity!
Why file sync and share?
Your FTP or Windows Network Drive simply don't suffice - employees work around, rather than with them, using Dropbox and other unsafe solutions.
Nextcloud puts your IT back in control over your data.
Nextcloud provides an unique combination of security and control over data without compromising usability.
Being open source means no vendor lock in and an unprecedented degree of integration in enterprise infrastructure.
Fast deployment: secure your data now
Nextcloud is famously easy to deploy and easy to use, a key reason behind its market leadership.
Gartner typically calls solutions in this space Enterprise File Sync and Share or EFSS. In the last years, the market has been moving on to providing a next generation EFSS, called Content Collaboration Platform, integrating online document editing, communication and planning capabilities complementing the file exchange technologies.
Nextcloud is a leading vendor in this new space, offering these capabilities with Nextcloud Groupware and Nextcloud Talk, delivering seamless communication features integrated in Files. Users can attach a note to shares, comment on files, open a chat or even start a call directly, connecting files to these conversations to keep track of it all. Integrated email and calendaring connect projects and teams to the files they work with, and with Deck, Nextcloud provides a kanban board app which works together with all those.
All these functions are available on-the-go and work across organizational boundaries, allowing users to self-manage thanks to built in support for creating guest accounts by users as well as public sharing links that require no login but can be protected by a password.
Modern organizations have data in a wide variety of silos like Sharepoint, Windows Network Drives, FTP sites and (often without knowledge of management) Dropbox or Google Drive. Nextcloud acts as a single file access, sync and share layer across all these storage systems, integrating with enterprise native account handling like LDAP or SAML.
That does not exclude using public cloud, nor requires you to give up on data locality. Nextcloud fits perfectly in a hybrid cloud strategy, enabling access to data on Amazon S3 and other public storage technologies. Even cutting-edge Blockchain storage technologies like Storj.io and Sia.tech are available to augment storage at extremely low cost.
No matter the storage solution used, Nextcloud can ensure corporate policies are followed. Sharing can be restricted through the file firewall, filtering on user properties like location or group, or file properties like (automatically or manually) assigned tags, file type and more. With storage transparent to users, generic data can remain where it is while IT can make sure that business critical or compliance-relevant information is stored on internal infrastructure and does not leave the company. Use our secure File Drop to let customers upload files to you in a easy and secure way!
Nextcloud offers a supremely easy to use, well integrated file sync and share solution with an uniquely layered approach to security. Together with the support for nearly any storage technology, it features server-side encryption and offers the ability to employ end-to-end, client side encryption for a subset of user files. Rather than making it an either-or choice, your business can rely on utmost security where it is needed but keep collaborative online document editing and full-text search on the server over the rest of the stored data.
Our unique Global Scale technology enables multiple Nextcloud instances to work as one, enabling enterprises to maintain multiple locations. Local regulations to ensure data locality can be satisfied without user impact and scaling to millions of users can be done cost-effectively.
Users can access data on a FTP drive shared with another company; while data stored on an external object storage could be encrypted using server-side encryption so the storage provider has no way to compromise their security.
Meanwhile, files from the HR department are always enforced to be end-to-end encrypted on their clients, protecting their files from even the worst case of a full server breach.
In the back-end, IT can use a mix of local NFS or SharePoint storage, public S3 compatible storage and even blockchain technology to find the perfect mix between performance, reliability, security and cost.
The layered approach to security makes sure users have the maximum amount of productivity in their web interface while making sure sensitive data receives the ultimate protection, client-to-client. Keeping it all in a single solution simplifies management and avoids mistakes from users or IT departments that might cause costly data leaks.
Contact us to learn how we can help you secure corporate data.