Threats to Google Apps Data
Data Loss Due to Deletions
A 2013 Cloud Security Alliance report reveals that data deletion and data leakage are the top 2 threats to cloud data. Aberdeen research report cites human errors including accidental or deliberate user actions as a major reason behind SaaS data loss. It’s estimated that about 60% of Google Apps data loss occurs due to authorized users acting within the confines of the application.
Data loss has been found to happen in the following common ways;
Accidental deletion of shared documents or emails
Corruption or deletion of data by malicious third party users.
Malicious employees having access to critical data
SaaS Data Loss
Data loss due to exposure
About 40% of organizations have business critical data in the cloud. The ease of sharing and powerful collaboration tools can leave sensitive data shared with unauthorized users. Whether Malicious or accidental, violating the industry data regulation or federal standards can lead to compliance breaches. Such activities include;
Disclosure of company documents to third parties
Sharing company confidential data to outside domains
Sending or sharing company related data including financial records, core product design content to outsiders
Regardless of policy compliance, breaches can have a tremendous business impact that includes revenue loss, tarnished company reputation and loss customer base.
Without a comprehensive security solution, organizations will continue to face threats to their Google Apps data.