By Mandy Pang, Senior Product Manager
SharePoint 2014 Key Security Takeaways – Our Top 5
- The conference attendees were buzzed on Attributes. Specifically, attribute-based security models for SharePoint. Role-based models are no longer making the cut – they leave collaboration vulnerable. Attribute-based solutions have fine-grained control.
- Clouds, of course was big, even bigger was the topic of protecting data in-transit to/from cloud and at rest in the cloud. Securing Office 365 was another hot topic. There was a great deal of discussion around the need for comprehensive end-to-end protection of intellectual property while satisfying the regulations set forth by a company’s compliance office. If the data or IP was to be accessed by or transmitted to an employee or contractor outside of the company’s firewall, then concern was expressed on how to safeguard the data.
- SPC14 was global with a good portion of attendees coming from Europe. Interestingly enough, a lot of European companies are looking to the U.S., particularly Silicon Valley, for solutions on automated information rights management.
- The architects, developers, and I.T. leaders with which I spoke were eager to learn about how to automate fine-grained access control for all work-product in a SharePoint environment.
- Extensibility was also discussed. At SPC14 the conversations were about information rights management extensibility – starting off with one Microsoft solution such as SharePoint, then extending the same information rights management solution to Office 365 and other products.
Surprisingly, I boarded the plane home full of energy. Yes, the conference was massive and of course, the Microsoft SharePoint team took care of us – but what was energizing is that I knew the solutions we at NextLabs are delivering to market are seamlessly aligned and could solve the SPC14 attendee pain points.
Our solutions provide automated data classification, claims-based access control, data activity monitoring, and automated fine-grained rights management to name a few functions. I focus on rights management for the company and when it comes to maximizing the potential of a SharePoint investment, rights management can help protect your critical data once the data leaves SharePoint, and more importantly, with rights management, you can now track who, when and where is accessing your data.
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