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Collaborative environments: survey raises security concerns

by | Dec 18, 2008

A new survey shows a number of companies using collaborative environments are not implementing proper security systemsA new survey shows that the majority of organizations using collaborative applications are not properly securing themselves.

The survey of 117 IT executives by Rohati Systems found that more than half used a combination of web-based intranet portals like Common Internet File Systems or Microsoft Sharepoint for collaboration purposes.

But 71 percent said they were not taking the appropriate steps to diminish the risks of unauthorized access to data from using collaborative environments.

Asked for reasons they are not implementing security systems, 61 percent said that current solutions are too expensive, with another 54 percent saying they are too complex.

Of those surveyed, 40 percent said they worry that lack of security could lead to unauthorized users gaining access to restricted data and applications, yet still they do not take the proper steps.

"The naked truth this survey validates is that enterprises are deploying collaborative applications with security policies that are inadequate for enforcing the required controls to meet regulatory compliance mandates," said Rohati CEO Shane Buckley.

Buckley argued that because of this, companies that use these collaborative environments are in desperate need of cost-effective solutions.ADNFCR-1861-ID-18935653-ADNFCR