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Over two-thirds of employees expose their businesses' most critical information

Workshare research unveils hidden data risk in business content

 
PRLog - Jul. 17, 2014 - 68% of professionals are exposing their businesses’ most confidential information by failing to remove hidden data from documents they share with customers, suppliers, or colleagues, according to research released today by Workshare (http://www.workshare.com/). The survey of 800 global knowledge workers uncovers the stark reality of businesses allowing valuable content to fall into the wrong hands by not providing employees with secure tools for detecting (http://www.workshare.com/detect) and removing hidden data (metadata).

Metadata can include hidden sensitive information in Excel, comments or track changes left in Word, and notes left in PowerPoint.

Key findings

·         65% of employees believe it’s their responsibility to ensure that sensitive company information is not leaked

·         Only 32% of knowledge workers always clean files of hidden sensitive data before sharing

·         70% of those who forward emails with attachments without reading them first do not remove sensitive data before sending

·         80% of employees use unsecure file sharing methods, putting corporate data at risk

The research rings alarm bells for business leaders and IT groups, as despite 94% recognising the commercial value some documents have, only 1 in 5 use secure methods to share them.

Anthony Foy, CEO at Workshare commented, “Businesses must regain control and stem the flow of highly confidential information leaving the enterprise. In a bid to safeguard businesses’ most valuable assets, Workshare has developed a free educational tool for users to detect (http://www.workshare.com/detect) hidden data in documents and eliminate risk when sharing corporate content.”

Read the full report here (https://d3liiczouvobl1.cloudfront.net/uploads/refinery/re...). Users can identify hidden metadata using the free educational tool, Workshare Detect.

Resources

·         Learn more about Workshare (http://www.workshare.com/) and why it is the only cloud-enabled application designed for the enterprise by visiting http://www.workshare.com/.

·         Connect with Workshare on its blog (http://www.workshare.com/blog), and on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Workshare), LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/company/workshare) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Workshare)

Tags

Workshare, enterprise collaboration, secure collaboration, mobility, mobile workplace, BYOD, file sharing, secure file transfer, enterprise, IT, security, enterprise file share and sync, EFSS, metadata, metadata cleaning, hidden data, Workshare Detect

About Workshare

Workshare is a leading provider of secure enterprise file sharing and collaboration applications. Workshare allows individuals to easily create, share, and manage high-value content in cloud storage anywhere, on any device. Workshare enhances the efficiency of the collaborative process by enabling content owners to accurately track and compare changes to shared documents from contributors simultaneously. Workshare also reduces the commercial risk posed by inadvertently sharing confidential or sensitive documents. More than 2 million professionals in 70 countries use Workshare’s award-winning desktop, mobile, tablet, and online applications. For more information visit http://www.workshare.com or follow Workshare on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/workshare.

For further information please contact:

Workshare North America Press Contacts

Juliana Allen / Erica Frank
March Communications
T: +1 617 960 8890 / +1 617 960 8923
E: Workshare@MarchPR.com

Workshare UK Press Contacts

Elisabeth Goossens / Rob Latham

Liberty Communications

T: +44 (0) 207 751 4444

E: Workshare@libertycomms.com

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