Collaboration Security

IT’s Next Big Headache.  With the popularity of new collaboration applications like Microsoft Teams and Slack companies are facing a new type of security exposure that in most cases they aren’t prepared for.  Now users, not IT admins can add guests, enable unapproved Plugin Apps and share Confidential  Company Data with anyone that has an internet connection.

 

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It Isn’t Really About Security

It’s About Managing Risk

It’s about finding a solution to the data governance paradox in the collaboration era. The more platforms we have for collaboration, the less connected we often become, and the more prone we are to data security breaches.

Guest Access

Workstream Collaboration such as Microsoft Teams and Slack create dangerous blind spots—hidden security threats that many IT and security professionals don’t even know exist. IT departments struggle to determine the right security strategies, much less implement them.

Your users have extreme freedom and power when using Slack and Teams. As a result, IT and security teams are losing control. Users can create unintentional internal threats by sharing files and data too freely with just about anyone inside or outside the organization.

 Teams and Slack offer an app store full of great 3rd party plug-ins to enhance the value of the platform. Not all apps are created equally; the challenge is in controlling them. Should an app be allowed for internal company use or not? Which apps get plugged in and where?

The beauty of easy data sharing is also its most dangerous security risk. Due to complexity in terminology and permissions models, it’s easy for both IT and users to inadvertently expose key content. One small mistake can result in confidential information getting to the wrong people

Featuring our Collaboration Security RightTrackTM

While PowerSuite technology helps provide visibility and workflows for a collaboration security risk-mitigation program, often the software is actually Step number two. As a starting point, Step one is a consulting engagement to model the organization’s collaboration interactions and the risk levels of the data inherent in that collaboration.

From there, you can establish data governance policies and land on a framework for education and measurement. The end game is ensuring that your organization can appropriately balance collaboration and sharing transparency with data protection and privacy.  Enter your details to get started and one of our team will get in contact. 

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Collaboration Security Redefined

Ask most C-level executives about collaboration governance, and topics like backup, disaster recovery, DLP, CASB, and malware protection immediately come to mind.  PowerSuite addresses a different risk: that of over-empowered users accustomed to solving their own problems any way they can. They are often unconscious that the information they’re sharing is their company’s greatest asset.

Collaboration Security Concerns Inhibit Aggressive Adoption

Workstream Collaboration platforms such as Teams and Slack enhance user productivity, but they also create a new set of threat vectors.  PowerSuiteTM solutions mitigate risk without inhibiting user efficiencies by balancing user autonomy with data protection and privacy.

Extend the Native Platform

 PowerSuite embraces, extends, and simplifies the native platform security models by offering a single solution, which allows for execution across multiple platforms including Teams and Slack.

Self-Service Security

Empower users to manage their workspaces while easily complying with company policies. This “self-service” delegation is a GenZ fit that transcends the inefficient IT security enforcement approach.

Collaboration Risk Monitoring

PowerSuite pro-actively monitors for risk exposure and automatically enforces management and security policies running across multiple platforms inlcuding Slack and Teams.

IT & End User Harmony

The PowerSuite model helps IT move from “command and control” to “trust, but verify” – adjusting the delivery method of collaboration security in a way that creates a secure and frictionless experience for users.

De-Risk with the 3M's

The traditional model of controlling user and application permissions is too cumbersome in the modern digital workplace. The normal IT governance approach simply causes users to shift to some shadow IT solution as a workaround. In the new world, enterprises need to allow most user behavior, and subsequently manage issues after the fact.

Here’s where the 3M’s of Monitor, Measure and Manage come into play:

Monitor
Rather than just quickly jump to a fix, IT first carefully watches what is occurring in their multi-platform collaboration environment to understand how their users and guests are using Teams and Slack.

Measure
IT can compare the risk exposure profile that it sees with the pre-defined Workstream Collaboration policies set to measure and report on whether or not any corporate policies are being violated.

Manage
Both IT and/or end users can jump into action to either remediate or to create a new policy if governance standards are being exceeded.  In many cases proactive systems, either pre-defined workflows or PowerSuite directed AI workflows will be initiated well before any human touch or intervention is necessary.

Cracking the Data Governance Paradox

PowerSuite helps organizations visualize how people, locations, and data merge into mini ecosystems inside and outside of your organization. Our one-of-a-kind PowerSuite software + services combo offers a number of different, targeted solutions to help mitigate collaboration security risks:

With the introduction of collaboration to your communications stack, there are many additional considerations IT needs to keep in mind. With increased collaboration and visibility, it’s important to reduce risk of security exposures from employees and guests.
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