“There’s a lot of competitors out there and we looked at all of them… but CTERA’s security was the best.” Jeff Pisano, VP of IT, The Carlyle Group “
Considering that OneDrive for Business is bundled into Office365 at no additional cost, many organizations ask themselves, why would I pay for an enterprise ﬁle sharing solution when OneDrive comes for free? To answer this question, organizations must ﬁrst asses their security priorities, understand their productivity agenda and deﬁne how they can move from legacy ﬁle services to modern enterprise ﬁle sharing. CTERA was designed from the ground up for secure enterprise ﬁle sharing to maximize user productivity, minimize transition disruption, all while simplifying administration.
Security & Governance
While OneDrive data is encrypted, Microsoft owns customers’ encryption keys. Because they own customer data and keys to access the data, Microsoft can decrypt and access customer information. For example, over 15,000 accounts were impacted by U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in the ﬁrst half of 2015.
With OneDrive, customers also relinquish identity management and ﬁle metadata – which combine with customer keys to be concentrated cyber-attack vectors. This shared security model is simply unacceptable to certain security-minded enterprises.
With CTERA, enterprise organizations create and control their encryption keys fully; they decide where they want their data stored. Moreover, all authentication happens securely within your perimeter. This avoids shared SaaS security risks and minimizes the threat of unauthorized or unlawful ﬁle access.
Corporate Sharing Policy
To protect sensitive data, CTERA enables IT security teams to set comprehensive corporate sharing policies (a form of data loss prevention) without sacriﬁcing ease-of-use and user adoption. Policies can enforce how and what data can be shared, as well as what permissions are allowed to be passed along. Alternatively, OneDrive has very little native corporate sharing policy enforcement and requires SharePoint for sharing policies, which has its own challenges.
Legacy & Remote Access
Modern ﬁle sharing platforms neglect remote users who are not all equidistant to the cloud. Other users and applications still require local ﬁle servers because they rely on fast network shares. In response to these issues, organizations are forced to deploy ﬁle servers to users who cannot get predictable and robust access to the cloud. The resulting proliferation of legacy and modern ﬁle management solutions creates complexity for end users, IT managers and IT governance.
CTERA is the only company to seamlessly integrate enterprise NAS with modern ﬁle sharing tools to create a comprehensive ﬁle sharing environment that bridges legacy and remote users with modern ﬁle collaboration tools to right size data infrastructure for the secure and distributed enterprise.