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Oct 9 2008   3:00PM GMT

Alternatives to e-mail attachments – SharePoint is risky!

Troy Tate Profile: Troy Tate

I’m looking for some help on this topic and have posted a question to the ITKE community. Hopefully someone out there has had some experience with this service for your organization and can provide some valuable insight.

One group I participate in is a mailing list from SANS. If you have not attended a SANS event or education, then you should try to get to one of their events. They are one, if not, the premier non-vendor related security and systems administration group in the IT industry. I posed the same question to this peer group and have had some very good responses. Some suggestions for solutions have come back and include:

Microsoft Office SharePoint (

OpenText – Livelink (

Webex Connect – ( (There are other flavors for small & medium business)

 Accellion – (


These are very interesting solutions and I will certainly be looking at all potential candidates. One thing that bothers me about the SharePoint option is its security capabilities. SharePoint is typically Microsoft Active Directory integrated. This has major security implications and in fact CSO magazine has posted a recent article on this topic. I recommend that you read the article and understand what risks the SharePoint solution may open for your organization.

Why Security Pros Hate Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft’s SharePoint collaboration platform is all the rage in today’s business world, especially since third parties gained the ability to plug security holes. But managing it can still be a nightmare for IT security shops.

I am still looking for more references and ideas for this solution, so please share what you are doing for your organization and it will be much appreciated by me and other readers.

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