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Companies must pay attention to SharePoint security

by | Jan 17, 2009

SharePoint security should be a top priorityOne of the things that makes Microsoft SharePoint so popular is its ease of use, but according to SearchCIO-Midmarket.com, it”s also what makes setting its security policies so difficult.

Some in the industry believe that the problem is not that the security systems of the enterprise content management (ECM) system are inadequate, but that few of its users are taking the time to understand the security features.

"There”s nothing out there as comprehensive as SharePoint," John Bissa, a partner and Web development team leader at Plante & Moran PLLC told the website. "The sticking point is that folks are struggling with governance around it and some can”t figure out how to get their arms around all the tools."

This is keeping some companies from using ECM for sensitive material for fear that it might fall into the wrong hands, or become publicly available.

To overcome this, the website suggests that companies require that when a request for a new SharePoint site is made, users must specify why the site is needed and what will appear on it. By doing this, authentication and rights management policies can be set up prior to launch.

A survey in December from Rohati systems found that 71 percent of companies were not implementing the proper steps to avoid losing ECM data.ADNFCR-1861-ID-18978763-ADNFCR