Despite the growing popularity of the privacy and security enhancing technology, according to a recent study of enterprise IT security decision makers conducted by Tresorit, the majority of enterprises use additional encryption methods to boost the security of cloud collaboration and file transfer. However, tools with built-in end-to-end encryption are still less common.
The recent global shift in working habits towards hybrid and remote work has resulted in an increase in demand for secure, easy-to-use collaboration solutions that can effectively mitigate the risk of data loss while providing an easy method for data transfer.
Demand for external file sharing security is being driven by the hybrid work security
In the hybrid work era, over three-quarters of respondents believe that having an ultra-secure solution to share files externally is increasingly crucial. Government surveillance, the ability to control granular user permission to files, and unintended errors by employees, such as accidentally sending a confidential file in an email to the wrong recipient, are the top three concerns when it comes to external file sharing.
Risks associated with collaboration services
Despite the fact that IT decision makers consider security vulnerabilities of their tools and a loss of control over files to be top risks when sharing confidential data, three-quarters of them believe the existing solutions they use for external collaboration are secure enough.
A variety of file sharing tools are being used at the same time to allow external collaboration, ranging from email attachments to FTPs, instant messaging, and cloud-based collaboration services. This poses an IT security risk and provides numerous opportunities for would-be hackers or cybercriminals.
Only 30 percent of respondents have adopted a collaboration and file transfer service with fully integrated end-to-end encryption, despite the fact that 65 percent have beefed up their cloud security with additional encryption key management tools or an end-to-end encrypted solution.